Joshua Marshall has an informative post about the virulently racist Council of Conservative Citizens' amicus brief in Commonwealth v. Black, the cross-burning case. Perhaps the most disturbing news is that the author of the brief, one Edgar Steele, is licensed to practice law in the State of California. Should being a contemptible prick disqualify an otherwise qualified applicant from becoming a member of the Bar? Perhaps not. Maybe, though, a little publicity about Mr. Steele's views will cause him to feel unwelcome in the Golden State, and send him back to Idaho faster than a flaming crucifix up the ass.