Los Angeles, CA â€“ Last week the Pacific Justice Institute filed a complaint with the State Bar of California against the U.S. Attorney, Melinda Haag, for her handling of litigation involving the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
Haag is the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California. The 82-page complaint, filed in Los Angeles, alleges that federal attorneys litigating a case challenging the constitutionality of DOMA intentionally took action to sabotage the case and prejudice the federal defendants that they were charged with defending. The case is Golinski v. Office of Personnel Management and was filed in federal court in San Francisco.
For more than a year, counsel representing the government defended DOMA. Prior to switching sides in the litigation, discovery had been served and a motion to dismiss filed. But shortly after Attorney General Holder and President Obama waffled and then flip-flopped on the law, Haag and other government lawyers started submitting papers with the Court in an attempt to undermine the defense.
Â â€œThere can be little doubt that government lawyers filed papers with the Court calculated to render judgment against their own clients. We have solid evidence to prove this,â€ said Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute. â€œThe actions of these federal lawyers turn our adversarial system on its head,â€ Dacus continued. PJI is encouraging citizens across the country to visit NoWayDOJ.com to become official complainants.
It should be noted that this week the U.S. Supreme Court will determine whether it will take up two cases involving DOMA along with California Proposition 8.