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January 26, 2008 10:03 PM   Subscribe

One good lawyer is often what it takes.

Contrast with this lawyer.
posted by lalochezia (12 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite

 
John Yoo is one of the very few people I've been moved to send (politely-worded) hate mail to. Well, one of the few strangers anyway.

Unfortunately, the government is much better at crushing people in the US than in Australia. Perhaps it's the characteristic Australian distrustful of the government.
posted by lupus_yonderboy at 11:05 PM on January 26, 2008


I think of John Yoo every time I toss the latest Boalt Hall solicitation for money into the trash.
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 11:15 PM on January 26, 2008


Australian police and prosecutors painted a dark picture of Dr. Haneef.

But later on...

Releasing the transcript was “unprofessional and inappropriate,” the federal police said in a statement, and resulted in “a great deal of misinformed and speculative reporting.”

So. It's fine-and-dandy for the police and the prosecutors to misinform the public and attempt to sway public opinion of the accused outside of a courtroom, but heaven help you if you let the facts of the case speak for themselves.

Assholes.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 12:51 AM on January 27, 2008 [5 favorites]


Reminds of the first segment of a This American Life episode called The Competition. It's a pretty powerful story; definitely worth listening to.
posted by rajbot at 1:01 AM on January 27, 2008


That lawyer is a fucking hero.
posted by notsnot at 4:01 AM on January 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


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posted by mr. strange at 10:16 AM on January 27, 2008


Thanks for this. Keims is inspiring.
posted by tiny crocodile at 11:19 AM on January 27, 2008


So. It's fine-and-dandy for the police and the prosecutors to misinform the public and attempt to sway public opinion of the accused outside of a courtroom, but heaven help you if you let the facts of the case speak for themselves.

That's just the way police and prosecutors generally are, though, and clearly this is not just in the US but just about anywhere. This lawyer has embarrassed them, so now they're going to use everything in their power to get their revenge on him. It goes to show exactly why we as individuals really need to stand up to authority.
posted by clevershark at 11:49 AM on January 27, 2008 [3 favorites]


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BugMeNot

Better yet, Firefox plus the BugMeNot extension
posted by Flunkie at 11:51 AM on January 27, 2008


Better yet, the RefControl FF extension, & set Google as the default referer for 3rd-party sites.

You have to understand the context for this though. Immediately after the London & Glasgow bombings the Australian media jumped right on the Haneef case - after all, nothing is important unless you can find the local angle. He was paraded around as our own link to teh eval t'rism, and the government and AFP drip-fed them juicy tidbits to maintain the outrage.

Then the mood started to change. There were too many little cracks in the story, and the general public started to sniff a rat. The explanation for the delay, the SIM card, & everything else was perfectly logical & directly contradicted the previous statements from the attorney-general & AFP. The attorney-general famously came out with a statement that was basically equivalent to 'trust us - and besides, he looks evil!'. On top of this, the hospital system in Queensland practically runs on overseas-trained (largely Indian & Asian) doctors, the previous scandal involving one was still fresh in the memory, but this just didn't smell the same.

Sensing the change in public mood, the media immediately flipped its angle - from evil un-australian foreigner hell-bent on destroying our Peace & Freedom, to poor innocent Johnny Foreigner being stitched up by the government. That was about the time the transcript was leaked, which sealed the deal.
posted by Pinback at 4:15 PM on January 27, 2008


Amen, brother.
posted by Ironmouth at 8:20 PM on January 27, 2008


Nifty
posted by Smedleyman at 11:05 AM on January 28, 2008


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