Holder Stands Up for Justice Dept. Lawyers Who Repped Detainees
Josh Gerstein reports on a speech Attorney General Eric Holder gave today:
“Lawyers who accept professional responsibility to protect the rule of law and the right to counsel and access to our courts, even when this requires defending unpopular positions or unpopular clients deserve …. the praise and gratitude of all Americans. It also deserves respect,” Holder said in a speech to lawyers active in pro bono work.
“Those who reaffirm our nation’s most central and enduring values do not deserve to have their own values questioned,” Holder said in his speech to a luncheon sponsored by the Pro Bono Institute. “Let me be very clear about this: those who provide counsel for the unpopular are and should be seen for what they are: they are patriots,” he said to broad applause from the crowd.
Holder may yet lose a bitter fight over trying Khalid Shaikh Mohammed in a military commission, which he opposes, so it must feel good to stand up for his people against a hysterical McCarthyite attack.