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The Mukasey Trivia Game

So not-Washington is attorney general nominee Michael Mukasey that news organizations and bloggers seem to be reveling in reporting little-known facts about him -- little-known facts such as the correct way to say his name. The Boston Globe reports today that the nominee is so unfamiliar on Capitol Hill "that legislators were unable to agree on the pronunciation of his name." It is, says the Globe, mew-KAY-see.

Meanwhile, U.S. News & World Report put its library staff to work to compile 10 Things You Didn't Know About Michael Mukasey. Among the items uncovered: In college, Mukasey dabbled in journalism, working a summer internship with UPI; he has a long-time friendship and professional relationship with Rudolph Giuliani; and even some Democrats like him.

Also in search of Mukasey trivia is the Wall Street Journal's Law Blog. Among its discoveries: In Seven Things to Know About Michael Mukasey, Peter Lattman says it's mew-KAY-zee, which puts a "z" where the Globe had an "s"; in Mukasey as College Journalist, Lattman provides more detail on the college-aged Mukasey's interest in journalism, including that he was editor of the editorial page of the Columbia College student newspaper; and, in Mukasey's Pedigree, Jamie Heller reports that as a teen, Mukasey "was better at praying than he was at basketball."

In other Mukasey trivia:

  • He once briefly represented Washington Post columnist (and law-school graduate) Ruth Marcus, as she explains here.
  • He wrote the thoughtful and funny opinion dismissing a Tommy Hilfiger trademark suit against a company whose pet perfumes had names that parodied Hilfiger's products, advising the plaintiff "to chill," as Marc J. Randazza notes at The Legal Satyricon.
  • He is neither a "craven ideologue" nor a "presidential lapdog," surmises Washington Post legal-affairs blogger Andrew Cohen, who argued adamantly for Alberto Gonzales to resign.
  • He believes the justice system is not well suited to trying terrorists, as he wrote Aug. 22 in the Wall Street Journal.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on September 18, 2007 at 04:31 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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