Bush Judicial Nominee: Private Prison Executive With Little Court Experience
Via Mother Jones:
Tennessee's next trial court judge might be a prison company executive who has less courtroom experience than most inmates.
His name is Gustavus Adolphus Puryear IV:
Puryear has spent the bulk of his legal career at the Tennessee-based Corrections Corporation of America, the nation's largest private prison company. As its general counsel since 2001, Puryear has made millions of dollars working for a company that profits from the country's incarceration boom, particularly through his recent sale of more than $3 million worth of the company's stock. (His financial disclosure form shows a net worth of more than $13 million.
...According to his written questionnaire for the committee, of the two cases he has tried in the entirety of his legal career, he was lead counsel on one of them. The last time he litigated a case in federal court was more than a decade ago.
Puryear oversees the defense of Correction Corps of America to inmate lawsuits. [More...]
In 2004 Puryear said that, "Litigation is an outlet for inmates. It's something they can do in their spare time." Inmate lawsuits typically account for more than 10 percent of the docket in Tennessee's Middle District, meaning that Puryear will see his share of them if he gets confirmed.
What did Puryear do to deserve a nomination to the federal bench? He prepped Dick Cheney for debates against Joe Lieberman in 2000 and John Edwards in 2004.
You just can't make this stuff up. (h/t Scribe.)
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