Of Cabbages and Kings

August 22, 2007

Converting the unconverted

Filed under: Law — Chinmayi @ 6:40 pm

is never easy. Especially when you believe in something so powerfully that you want to scream it from the rooftops and write it across the sky. I imagine that it takes generous portions of tact and subtlety to say what you have to say like Kelly Anne More has, to ensure that ‘the other camp’ continues listening until you are done talking. One more reason that I love being a lawyer…I give you ‘Take Al Qaeda to Court’ – Ms. Moore’s argument for rule of law in terrorism related trials.

Excerpts:

“As a former federal prosecutor who worked on terrorism-related cases, I have had firsthand experience doing just what proponents of a national-security court say is impossible. ”

“Besides terrorists, the Justice Department has successfully prosecuted Ku Klux Klan bombers, members of violent groups like the Weathermen in the 1960s and ’70s, and members of Italian organized crime in the ’80s and ’90s. ”

“Many people around the world have come to question America’s commitment to the rule of law. There are few places in the world where that principle is more hallowed than in the United States federal courts. The best course of action now, in dealing with terrorism suspects, is to use these courts — the keystone of American jurisprudence — and show the world that America can protect itself while it respects the rule of law. “

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