Monday, February 05, 2007

Terrorists, CEOs, and Reputable Firms

Pentagon Official Charles "Cully" Stimson was on a roll. Stimson, deputy assistant secretary of defense for detainee affairs, had called out a number of law firms whose attorneys had done pro bono work for terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay.
"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. And I think that is going to have major play in the next few weeks. And we want to watch that play out," said Stimson in an interview with Federal News Radio Jan. 11.

Stimson later apologized, the Pentagon disavowed his remarks, and legal experts defended lawyers who take on representation of unpopular clients. Problem solved. Except that there was little said about the story here in Minnesota. Surely local attorneys, some of whom actually represent suspected terrorists, would rush to condemn Stimson's comments.

But wait, the Minnesota bar does not have the moral authority to defend those who represent unpopular clients. The bar has disgraced itself through sins of commission and omission in the Maslon Edelman and Delahunty matters.

UPDATE: I missed the story that Cully Stimson resigned on Friday.


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