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Subject: Re: Kathy Boudin granted parole
Organization: The Buttersquash Conspiracy
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Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2003 16:08:37 GMT
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On Fri, 22 Aug 2003 15:40:54 +0200, Gerry Armstrong <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Her father lawyer Leonard Boudin represented Hubbard. And he
>represented the GO defendants in the criminal trial following the 1977
>FBI raid. The Rabinowitz, Boudin, Standard, etc. law firm still
>represents the Scientology cult. Kathy Boudin's lawyer Leonard
>Weinglass also represented Hubbard, but perhaps only briefly.
>It is absurd to call Leonard Boudin a "civil rights attorney," because
>every lawyer who represents the cult contracts to suppress and destroy
>But maybe "civil rights attorney" is always an oxymoronic.
A criminal defense lawyer is entirely different from an aggressive attack
lawyer, and this sort of statement simply shows your complete lack of any
ability to look at things in a rational way. Leonard Boudin was chief trial
counsel for Daniel Ellsberg in the Pentagon Papers case, one of the most
important cases defining the rights of the People and the press to report
accurately on matters of public interest even when the government raises a
"national security" smokescreen to criminalize this reporting, and it
upon "stolen" or even "classified" government information
(indeed the notion of
the People being able to "steal" what rightfully belongs to them and
for with their money is ridiculous).
Additionally, he defended the Socialist Workers Party against the kind of FBI
dirty tricks that eventually became codified as "COINTELPRO," involving
disrupting people exercising their right to associate by illegal means such as
wiretaps, agents provacateurs, blacklists, mail thefts and so on. He eventually
won this case, too.
He was, additionally, general counsel for the National Emergency Civil Liberties
Committee from 1954 until his death in 1989. The NECLC was established to
defend the victims of notorious witch-hunter Joseph McCarthy and this spirited
defense, among other things, eventually wore down the despicable conspiracy of
small-minded fanatics until the McCarthy persecutions were over.
In short, Boudin stood foursquare against the degradation of civil rights
against some of the major threats of the Twentieth Century, despite great
personal risk and opposition from very high sources.
To claim that a single appearance and that as a criminal defense attorney (one
case in the US v. MSH mess that being 79-2447 or MSH herself) somehow outweighs
the entirety of the rest of his career, which can only be described as that of
civil rights attorney, is absolutely ridiculous "thinking." It is a
any just society that any criminal defendant has the right to representation.
This comment about Leonard Boudin shows your total lack of any ability to look
at anything objectively. It's all black and white thinking in your cultic mind.
If you want a lawyer who truly went to the Dark Side since then, look no further
than Eric M. Lieberman also of the Pentagon Papers case.
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