Monday, April 28, 2008

Defending detainees

This post really isn't directly about the article in question, but something else.

Forget all the fucking lawyer jokes you know. Some out there are altruistic and they sacrifice in pursuit of justice. They could just be playing golf, but they're trying to help Gitmo detainees and should be applauded.
Beatings and torture. Imprisonment without charges. Writs of habeas corpus. Five years ago, none of these figured into the daily lives of most Northwest lawyers. But for about a dozen Portland attorneys representing men detained by the United States in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, it's all routine. Lawyers who work in securities law, antitrust litigation, wills, probate and other traditional areas have become well versed in constitutionally granted rights. Defending men held in Cuba has cost the firms, whose lawyers have involved plenty of hours and money.

OK, I'm off the damn soap box.

The headline links to the source.



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