U.S. Justice Department Hires More Liberals

Reversing a trend of weeding out liberals during the Bush administration, the U.S. Justice Department has been hiring more applicants with civil rights backgrounds. According to a study of submitted résumés done by the New York Times, Obama-era hires were more likely to have had experience in civil rights, and they graduated from more selective law schools, than those hired over the final six years of the Bush administration.

The study found that about 90 percent of the Obama-era hires listed civil rights backgrounds on their résumés, compared to about 38 percent of the Bush group hires. It is common for any administration to hire people who agree with the current administration’s ideology to fill the politically appointed positions that are vacated with each new president, but civil service laws prohibit taking ideology into account when hiring for the permanent posts known as “career” positions.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/01/us/politics/01rights.html?ref=us