April 2, 2008
Contact:
Anna Christopher, NPR

   

NPR NEWS REPORTS:
RUMOR ABOUT SEXUAL ORIENTATION
MAY HAVE LED TO DISMISSAL
OF CAREER JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ATTORNEY

REPORT AIRING ON ALL THINGS CONSIDERED
TODAY, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2

WEB STORY POSTED NOW AT NPR.org;
AUDIO TO BE AVAILABLE AT 7:00PM (ET)



April 2, 2008; Washington, D.C. – A rumor about sexual orientation may have led to the dismissal in 2006 of a career attorney with the Justice Department, according to internal Justice Department documents and interviews with Department officials obtained exclusively by NPR News. The full report from NPR’s Justice Correspondent Ari Shapiro is airing today on the afternoon newsmagazine All Things Considered. A web companion piece is available now at:
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=89288713

Shapiro reports that the Justice Department’s Inspector General is investigating whether the attorney in question, Leslie Hagen, did not have her contract renewed because a rumor reached then-Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ senior counsel, Monica Goodling, that Hagen is lesbian. Sources who worked in Goodling’s office corroborate this theory for the dismissal of Hagen, who received the highest possible rating of “outstanding” in her last performance review. This summer, Goodling admitted to making personnel decisions about Justice Department lawyers based on partisanship.

Complete audio of the report will be available at 7:00PM (ET) at www.NPR.org All excerpts must be credited to NPR News All Things Considered. Television usage must include on-screen NPR News credit with NPR logo.