A U.S. Attorney Is Fired, and Onlookers Wonder

Paul Charlton of Arizona is one of the fired U.S. attorneys whose dismissal has sparked a congressional inquiry. Charlton's case is representative of several of the dismissed prosecutors — many people have ideas about why they were fired, but no one seems to have the definitive answer.

The possible reasons behind the firings include decisions on whether to prosecute drug smugglers, immigration violators and Republican politicians.

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