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Legalizing Oppression

The disbarring and imprisonment of Lynne Stewart, one of the nation’s most courageous civil rights lawyers, is a window into the collapse of our judiciary.

Posted on Feb 9, 2014 READ MORE



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Guantanamo Attorney Found Dead

A lawyer who represented prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay was found dead last week in what sources are calling a suicide.

Posted on May 1, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Stephen F. Downs

It’s safe to assume that Big Brother would still have prevailed over Winston Smith had the ill-fated protagonist of George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984” been helped by public defender Stephen Downs. But we have reason to believe that Downs, who represents Muslim activists in trials that amount to little more than terrorist witch hunts, would not have backed down.

Posted on Apr 20, 2012 READ MORE



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Zimmerman’s Lawyers Quit His Case

George Zimmerman’s legal team decamped Tuesday, saying in a news conference that day that they had had trouble getting through to their client, first because he hadn’t been taking their direction and then because he dropped out of contact with them as of last weekend.

Posted on Apr 10, 2012 READ MORE



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A Smooth Ride in This ‘Lincoln’

Fine work by the actors, the writer and the filmmakers makes a noirish spin in L.A. feel like a drive back to the day when audiences considered such good movies a birthright.

Posted on Mar 19, 2011 READ MORE


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The Judgment Days of Sotomayor

Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor avoided a “total meltdown” during her confirmation hearings, even as she underwent a grilling by the likes of Sen. Lindsey Graham, who trotted out a series of scathing anonymous evaluations of Sotomayor by unimpressed attorneys. Clearly, Sen. Graham hasn’t Googled himself lately.

Posted on Jul 17, 2009 READ MORE


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Gonzales’ New Gig

Seems like even those Bushies who didn’t manage to make it to the end of the W. age with their political reputations intact are popping up with brand new jobs; take, for example, former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who’s slated to teach a political science course at Texas Tech University this fall.

Posted on Jul 7, 2009 READ MORE


Former South Korean President Commits Suicide

Roh Moo-hyun, South Korea’s ex-president, died Saturday after jumping off a cliff while hiking near his rural home in the country’s southeast. Roh had been implicated in a corruption scandal and left a suicide note behind, according to The New York Times.

Posted on May 22, 2009 READ MORE


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Yoo’s Views Make Philly News

The Philadelphia Inquirer, one of that city’s two major daily newspapers, is in the news itself these days after hiring controversial former Bush administration lawyer John Yoo as a monthly columnist.

Posted on May 19, 2009 READ MORE


Clinton and Co.
nytimes.com

Hillary’s Replacement Is Smokin’

Forgive that pun, but it is clear that Kirsten Gillibrand, junior senator from New York, played an important role in fending off the Justice Department as it sought internal research conducted by Philip Morris that proved a connection between cigarettes and cancer—a causation rebuked by tobacco executives in testimony before Congress in 1994.

Posted on Mar 27, 2009 READ MORE


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Madoff Wants Out of Jail ... for Now

Citing such sketchy precedents as rulings in the cases of Enron’s Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling, Bernard Madoff’s legal team filed an appeal at a New York federal court on Friday requesting that their client be released on bail until he is sentenced on June 16.

Posted on Mar 13, 2009 READ MORE



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Gitmo Lawyer Alleges Torture Evidence Destruction

A military lawyer for a Guantanamo detainee says it was standard operating procedure to destroy evidence of torture (or harsh interrogation techniques, as some call it) in order to “minimize certain legal issues.” Lt. Cmdr. William Kuebler is concerned that, because of the policy, he will not be able to challenge the alleged confessions of his client, who was detained at the age of 15.

Posted on Jun 9, 2008 READ MORE


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Angling for Edwards’ Loyal Lawyers

Politics mixed with martinis and swizzle sticks as campaign aides from Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama’s camps infiltrated a Puerto Rican resort in an effort to woo John Edwards’ colleagues and supporters at an annual gathering of top American trial lawyers.  Above, one of the weekend’s political players, Clinton lieutenant Terry McAuliffe.

Posted on Jan 28, 2008 READ MORE


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truthinjustice.org

Ex-Terror Suspect Wins Out Over FBI

An Oregon lawyer and convert to Islam has settled his lawsuit against the FBI for $2 million.  Brandon Mayfield, who sued after he was falsely linked to the Madrid train bombings, described his experiences as an Orwellian nightmare where “an act that strips you of your civil rights could be called a Patriot Act.”

Posted on Nov 30, 2006 READ MORE


Does Al Qaeda in Iraq Have a Leader?

According to a prominent Cairo lawyer, the man identified by the U.S. as the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq has been in an Egyptian prison for seven years. More details from the BBC on this murky story.

Posted on Jul 19, 2006 READ MORE


Marine’s Lawyer: Haditha Killings Were Lawful

A lawyer for a Marine involved in the Haditha massacre said his client had followed military rules of engagement.

Posted on Jun 11, 2006 READ MORE



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Whittington Leaves Hospital, Speaks to Press

“We all assume certain risks in what we do…. Accidents do and will happen,” says the 78-year-old lawyer upon being released from the hospital.

Posted on Feb 17, 2006 READ MORE


Cheney Shotgun Victim Suffers Heart Attack

Harry Whittington, the 78-year-old lawyer who was shot by Vice President Dick Cheney in a hunting accident, has a birdshot pellet in his heart and had “a minor heart attack” Tuesday morning. He is back in intensive care. | story

The ER chief at the Texas hospital, asked if the birdshot could endanger Whittington’s life, responded: “When birdshot is in your body, there’s always the risk they can move. We’ll watch very closely for any migration.”


Continuing Coverage:

  • Account of Doctors raises questions on heart injury

  • Think Progress: Scott McClellan concealed the heart attack from the press.
  • A White House spokesman cracked jokes on the record about the incident (before Whittington suffered the heart attack).
  • The Smoking Gun surfaces the Texas hunting accident report. (hat tip: Huffington Post)
  • The lowdown on what hunting rules Cheney broke.
  • Slow Leak: Time publishes an inside account of why Cheney didn’t publicly disclose news of the accident for 24 hours.
  • Unloading on Cheney: Comedians take aim at the vice president.

  • Posted on Feb 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Cheney Shoots a Texas Liberal

    Welcome back to the paradoxical Bush/Cheney “responsibility society,” where no one (starting with the administration) takes responsibility.

    Posted on Feb 13, 2006 READ MORE


    Mr. Fish - Cheney Shoots Man

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    Dick Cheney commenting on his accidental shooting of Harry Whittington based on the faulty intelligence indicating that the 78-year-old lawyer was a 6-ounce quail
    Posted on Feb 13, 2006 READ MORE    


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