Checkered Past

Civil rights attorney James Myart, who has accused Capitol police of racial profiling in his client Rep. Cynthia McKinney's altercation with an officer last week, is no stranger to run-ins with government security. In 2002, Myart was barred from the Department of Agriculture after he repeatedly attempted to circumvent security and lied to security officers.

What's more, The San Antonio Express News reported in 1999 that Myart was suspended from practicing law in Texas for a year on charges that he "engaged in fraud and deceit" and used an ethnic slur during settlement proceedings in a discrimination complaint.