11/24/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Obama's Assistant Attorney General For The Civil Rights Division: Charles Ogletree?

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A recent article in the ABA journal said that Ogletree may be on the short list for Obama's Assistant Attorney General For The Civil Rights Division.

According to the piece:

Ogletree was an adviser to the Black Law Students Association when Obama arrived at Harvard Law, and Obama has long cited him as a mentor. Ogletree's in­terest in civil rights and racial disparities in the criminal justice system made him a natural choice as Obama's adviser on black issues in the campaign.

When the NAACP believed it was obligated to support Clarence Thomas in his confirmation battle for the Supreme Court, Ogletree wrote a 30-page report that changed its mind. The 55-year-old professor could be Obama's choice to head the Justice Department's civil rights division, perhaps with a close eye on its voting section, which some Democrats believe has been used to suppress minority voting in recent years.

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