Legal rights

huh? Representation by competent counsel is so last century CE.

Ben Sargent Goons :

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We read recently the shocking remarks of Charles Stimson, a lawyer who serves as deputy assistant secretary of defense.
Stimson, speaking last week on Federal News Radio, a station in Washington, D.C., indirectly suggested that lawyers and firms that represent the Guantanamo detainees should be boycotted.

He said it is public knowledge that some major law firms in the United States have assisted the detainees, a fact he characterized as “shocking.”
“And I think, quite honestly,” Stimson said on the air, “when corporate CEOs see that those firms are representing the very terrorists who hit their bottom line back in 2001, those CEOs are going to make those law firms choose between representing terrorists or representing reputable firms.”

The radio host then asked Stimson who might be paying lawyers for the detainees.

“It's not clear, is it?” Stimson responded. “Some will maintain that they're doing it out of the goodness of their heart, that they're doing it pro bono, and I suspect they are. Others are receiving monies from who knows where, and I'd be curious to have them explain it.”

These are outlandish comments from a lawyer in the upper echelons of the Pentagon.

As Pima County chief deputy public defender Bob Hirsch put it, “It's disgusting to try and blackmail those firms into not doing what their professional responsibility calls for them to do.”

Referring to the Guantanamo detainees, he said, “These are the most vilified people in our society, and they have no one to speak for them other than those volunteer lawyers — God bless them.”

After a period of silence, the government decided to put some distance between itself and Stimson's remarks. The Pentagon issued a statement saying Stimson's views “do not represent the views of the Department of Defense or the thinking of its leadership.”

But it is still a matter of concern that a lawyer with such a fundamentally flawed understanding of the American justice system could rise so high in the Pentagon's hierarchy.

The United States has already cleared some of the detainees of any involvement in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and released them. Even so, Stimson appears unconvinced that these men deserved representation.

Stimson should be forced to resign from the Bar.

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