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Stimson disparages law firms representing Guantanamo Detainees, Calls for Boycott

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Cully Stimson, deputy assistant secretary of defense for detainee affairs, listed a number of high-profile firms representing Guantanamo detainees, then suggested that their clients boycott them unless they drop those cases.

Mr. Stimson, who is himself a lawyer, then went on to name more than a dozen of the firms listed on the 14-page report provided to Ms. Crowley, describing them as “the major law firms in this country.” He said, “I think, quite honestly, when corporate C.E.O.’s see that those firms are representing the very terrorists who hit their bottom line back in 2001, those C.E.O.’s are going to make those law firms choose between representing terrorists or representing reputable firms, and I think that is going to have major play in the next few weeks. And we want to watch that play out.”

NY Times: Official Attacks Top Law Firms Over Detainees

Carolyn Elefant broadens the discussion in Should Law Firm Clients Control Law Firms’ Pro Bono Work?. WSJ Law Blog has audio of the interview – Bush Lawyer Blasts Law Firms For Representing Detainees.

Personally I think firms do indirectly fund a firms pro-bono work and that they therefore have a right to object the kinds of work a firm engages in and to take their business elsewhere if they so choose. However in this case part of the outrage Stimson earned with his comments is simply that this is a high-ranking government official displaying such an infantile sense of justice.

I haven’t been following the Gitmo cases, but can this be right? “None of the Guantanamo captives has been convicted of crimes.” [from McClatchy]

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