Defense Official Backs off Criticism of Guantanamo Lawyers

Last week, deputy defense secretary for detainee affairs Charles “Cully” Stimson suggested that attorneys who had filed pro bono lawsuits on behalf of Guantanamo detainees were due to see some backlash from their corporate clients.  Stimson used his radio appearance to call out by name some major U.S. law firms working on behalf of detainees and expressing “shock” at their participation in the cases.

In the wake of demands that Defense Secretary Robert Gates fire Stimson, the deputy backpedalled a bit, stating that he did not question the integrity of those engaged in the zealous representation of detainees at Guantanamo, but some legal advocacy groups say it’s too little too late.

More than 130 Deans of U.S. law schools signed a public statement condemning Stimson’s comments–an overwhelming number in view of the fact that there are only about 200 accredited law schools in the United States.

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