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Before Kevorkian comes Alberto Gonzales

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November

Gonzales UF administrators earlier this fall postponed the campus-funded speech by assisted suicide advocate "Dr. Death" Kevorkian until early next year, but now they're welcoming a speaker who could prove even more controversial: just-resigned U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

Student government is paying Gonzales $40,000 in student fees, to give a speech Nov. 19. A Houston attorney in the 1980s, he served as then-Gov. George W. Bush's general counsel and eventually became Texas' secretary of state.

Gonzales served as President Bush's White House counsel from 2001 to 2005, when the Senate confirmed him as the nation's first Hispanic Attorney General, replacing John Ashcroft.

Gonzales resigned recently after being at the center of several high-profile controversies. Lawmakers scrutinized his role in the dismissals of nine United States attorneys late last year, and he faced allegations of perjury during his testimony about the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance programs.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:26am]

    

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