Former Attorney General Makes the Mistake of Talking

In early July, when last we checked in with former attorney general Alberto "Fredo" Gonzales, he had finally landed a job at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. That -- assuming he's not indicted by special prosecutor Nora Dannehy, who's investigating the firing of those U.S. attorneys -- would be the end of his troubles, we figured.

But no. First, a small group of TTU faculty members -- 74 out of some 1,200-plus full-timers -- circulated a petition protesting the hiring, saying that Gonzales's "years in the White House were characterized by conduct which . . . demonstrated significant ethical failings."Gonzalez, who resigned two years ago this month in part over the U.S. attorneys matter, has also been much criticized for his statements about the National Security Agency's domestic surveillance program. But TTU Chancellor Kent Hance, a former Democratic House member (he later switched parties), said he would not change his mind.

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