Scott Horton Interviews Elaine Cassel

Scott Horton, July 17, 2010

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Elaine Cassel, civil liberties attorney and author of The War on Civil Liberties: How Bush and Ashcroft have Dismantled the Bill of Rights, returns to Antiwar Radio to discuss the case of civil liberties lawyer Lynn Stewart, whose prison sentence was recently increased to 10 years in prison (probably life for a 70-year-old woman) the guideline infractions and material support and charges against her, why mouthing off to the judge at her previous sentencing was probably a bad idea, the chilling effect against the principle of fair legal representation represented by the Stewart case and others, the penalty increase case against Abu Ali who was tortured into confessing to a plot to murder George W. Bush by the Saudi government from 10 years to life in prison, the bogus trial he received in the first place, the lamentable fact that everything really did change after September 11th.

MP3 here. (29:11)

Elaine Cassel is a  civil liberties attorney and author of The War on Civil Liberties: How Bush and Ashcroft have dismantled the Bill of Rights.

7 Responses to “Elaine Cassel”

  1. This is absurd. She went far beyond her proper role as a mere advocate in court. She blatantly abused her attorney priveleges and violated a court order by passing messages from the terrorist leader to his followers. The judge ordered the shiek held incommunicado, and she violated that. She aided and abetted his terrorist conspiracies. She deserves her 10 years.

    Attorneys are not allowed to use illegal methods to help their clients, even though they often do – and get away with it. They are required to follow the law in a professional manner. She got caught in a high profile case, and has to pay the price.

  2. One lawyer to 165 Americans, almost all the lawyer strictly gum ball machines. Put in $25,000 get a gumball.

  3. First lesson of Mr. R. (now deceased) at Harvard Law School: "The law has nothing to do with justice."

    Actually, he was wrong. He should have qualified: "U.S. law has nothing to do with justice."

    So when is Ms. Cassel going to report on Angela's Davis' research into what she calls the "prison industrial" complex.

  4. In those days, many of the faculty taught by what they called "the Socratic method."

    As most of what goes on in US Law School an utter travesty.

  5. World's most distinguished Law School graduate–Fidel Castro.

  6. What messages did she relay to terrorists? I don't know the details of the case, but it seems that the only thing she did was make an off-hand comment about her client's intent. I don't see this as aiding and abetting terrorism.

  7. I don't think there is any evidence of Stewart's passing messages. Do you have some evidence for this charge? I haven't seen it. That was the gov't/media spin, but not what she was convicted of.

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