Leading Legal Analyst: K&S Turning and Running "Astonishing"


Andrew Cohen, chief legal analyst and legal editor for CBS News --who is no friend of DOMA-- reacts to the news that King & Spalding has dropped its defense of the case:

Just last Friday, in this space, I defended the law firm's right to represent unpopular clients and causes in the face of fierce political attack by the folks at the Human Rights Campaign. They seemed downright giddy Monday in the wake of the law firm's withdrawal and Clement's subsequent resignation. But I'd like to know more from Hays at King & Spalding before I come to any final conclusions. And I have some questions as well, starting with: Why would a touchy firm take the case to begin with? The idea that a law firm as big and as powerful and as established as this would just turn tail and run because of external political pressure from a non-governmental organization is an astonishing one to contemplate, is it not?


  1. Sean
    Posted April 27, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

    I think K & S made a sound business decision, after its employees, external groups like HRC, and clients, like Coca-cola, objected to their defending a discriminatory law.

  2. John Noe
    Posted April 28, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    Good to see that so many outlets are on board and denouncing the decison by this law firm. What they did was very cowardly. They chose the feelings of the HRC over the law of the land made by we the people.
    They chose to stab we the people in the back. We the people voted for marraige in 31 states, we voted for our representation in Congress. They answer to we the people as their constitutients. Any reputable law firm would have seen that this alone makes DOMA worth defending. Imagine the honor and prestige at being the law firm chosen to defend the view of the people, their constitution, and the Congress they elected.
    An absoultely atrocious decision on their part to decide that the whims of the HRC take precedence over the views of we the people.

  3. Don
    Posted April 30, 2011 at 2:08 am | Permalink


    It remains to be seen if it was a sound business decision or not but there is no question that it was a bad legal decision.

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