Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Sorting out the truth about "the porn lawyer"

The conservative group Fidelis attacks Ogden for doing legal work for Playboy.
The conservative group Fidelis attacks Ogden for doing legal work for Playboy.

To hear some conservative opponents talk about David Ogden, President Obama's choice for deputy attorney general, you might have expected recommendation letters to come to the Senate in plain brown wrappers.

"An Obscene Choice: Obama Taps Porn Lawyer for # 2 at Justice," blares a headline atop the Web site for Fidelis, a conservative group that has waged a PR campaign against Ogden's nomination.

According to a press release from Fidelis, "President Obama's Choice for Deputy Attorney General has represented Playboy, Penthouse, the ACLU and others."

We examined the record and watched Ogden's confirmation hearing. Here is our report .