NRA Drops Law Firm For Backing Out Of DOMA Defense

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May 2, 2011 9:45 a.m.

The National Rifle Association is dropping the law firm King & Spalding as an outside counsel due to its decision to withdraw from representing House Republicans in support of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).The National Law Journal‘s Tony Mauro reports:

In a letter dated today to King & Spalding chairman Robert Hays, NRA general counsel David Lehman said the firm’s decision was “indefensible” but emphasized that the NRA’s action in dropping King & Spalding is “not motivated by any position on the statute itself.” The NRA is a “single issue organization” focused on the Second Amendment, Lehman wrote. But he said that in retaining outside counsel, “we expect them to zealously advocate for our interests and not abandon the representation due to pressure from those who may disagree with us.”

Read the full letter here.

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