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LCD Case Takes A New Twist

Publication Date: 
May 13, 2012
The Wall Street Journal
Brent Kendall

Professor Deborah Rhode spoke with Brent Kendall from The Wall Street Journal on the strong argument brought by the Department of Justice in wanting to bar former acting Solicitor General Neal Katya from representing a former AU Optronics Corp.

In an unusual showdown over government ethics, the Justice Department is challenging former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal over his bid to represent an electronics executive convicted of price fixing.

The department says a 1978 ethics law bars Mr. Katyal, who is now in private practice, from representing the former executive of AU Optronics Corp. because his office took part in the case when he was the Obama administration's top lawyer before the Supreme Court.


Deborah Rhode, a professor at Stanford Law School, said she believed the government had the stronger argument. The solicitor general is involved in a wide range of matters, and "you just don't want the Justice Department to have to litigate" with its recent former lawyers over how much or how little knowledge they had in particular cases, she said.