October 10, 2006 4:21PM

Defining Justice Down

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) recently bestowed its “Champion of Justice” award to former Attorney General Janet Reno. (Go here to see the standing ovation).

What’s up with that? NACDL is sorta like the ACLU–except it specializes in the criminal law area. Could this be the result of a sealed “deferred prosecution agreement” from the ‘90s or something? (For a quick refresher on Ms. Reno’s record, go here, here (viewer discretion advised) and here (viewer discretion advised).

If you happen upon a watering hole frequented by lawyers, you might witness furious arguments between defenders of Reno and defenders of our current Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales. Buy a round for the house. Black coffee, of course. This “red‐​team‐​is‐​bad; blue‐​team‐​is‐​good” stuff has gotta stop.