The lawyers News Corp. has hired to represent it include former attorney general Michael Mukasey and former Justice Department official Mark Mendelsohn, ProPublica reports. When Paul, Weiss announced that Mr. Mendelsohn was joining as a partner last year, its press release said he "is internationally acknowledged and respected as the architect and key enforcement official of the DOJ's Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement program."
Again, you can't blame former government officials for wanting to make money in the private sector, and you can't blame companies or individuals for wanting to hire them. But if the laws were simple and impartially enforced, it'd reduce the need for companies to hire former government officials as lawyers. ProPublica also reports that the Justice Department is looking not only at the British phone-hacking, but also at the America-based behavior of Murdoch's News America marketing unit, led by New York Post publisher Paul Carlucci.