Sunday, January 14, 2007

DOD Official Tries To Bully Guantanamo Lawyers

This guy is a lawyer himself. Pretty shameful performance.

Charles Stimson, deputy assistant secretary of defense for detainee affairs, said in a radio interview last week that companies might want to consider taking their business to other firms that do not represent suspected terrorists.

Legal experts and advocacy groups viewed his remarks as an attempt to intimidate law firms that provide legal help to all people, even unpopular defendants. ...

Stimson told Federal News Radio, a Washington commercial station that covers the government, that he found it "shocking" that lawyers at many of the nation's top law firms represent detainees.

He listed the names of more than a dozen major firms that he suggested should be boycotted.

"And I think, quite honestly, 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," Stimson said.

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