White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales may be a goner as a potential Supreme Court nominee. Gonzales, it turns out, wrote a memo to President Bush in 2002 recommending that the United States not apply Geneva Convention standards to al Qaeda and Taliban prisoners from the Afghan War.
“In my judgment, this new paradigm renders obsolete Geneva’s strict limitations on questioning of enemy prisoners and renders quaint some of its provisions,” Gonzales wrote in a memo unearthed by Newsweek. Many conservatives are not lamenting the news. They viewed Gonzales as a poor potential Supreme Court nominee for Bush. That’s because, among other things, Gonzales once joined a Texas Supreme Court opinion sending an affluent teenage girl to get an abortion in the 15th week of pregnancy without notifying her parents.