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Politicized Department of Justice has forgotten what it stands for

A depiction of Lady Justice stands guard outside the front entrance to the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington. Fair, impartial and final — the characteristics of justice symbolized by the blindfold she wears and by the scales and sword she holds.

Inscribed on the U.S. Department of Justice seal is a Latin motto that evokes this same ideal, “Qui Pro Domina Justitia Sequitur.” Translation: “Who for Lady Justice prosecutes.”

In adopting this motto back in the 1800s, DOJ made clear for posterity that its purpose is not to prosecute on behalf of those in power or whatever political party they happen to hail from, but rather, on behalf of justice.

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