Protect the unborn lawyers

Alberto 'torture memo' Gonzalez's speech at Georgetown Law School in justification of illegal spying was greeted with an unusual response from law students. Backs. A number of them turned their backs to the Attorney General widely "credited" with providing the legal cover for America to torture prisoners [image left].

Insomnia writes: "To make matters worse for Gonzales, additional students came into the room, wearing black cowls and carrying a simple banner, written on a sheet." [image here]

Insomnia continues: "And, as one of the people on the panel said:

"When you're a law student, they tell you if say that if you can't argue the law, argue the facts. They also tell you if you can't argue the facts, argue the law. If you can't argue either, apparently, the solution is to go on a public relations offensive and make it a political issue... to say over and over again 'it's lawful,' and to think that the American people will somehow come to believe this if we say it often enough."
"In light of this, I'm proud of the very civil civil disobedience that was shown here today."

- David Cole, Georgetown University Law Professor
I doubt this'll put an end to the lawyer jokes, but, as the punchline to one of them goes: it's a good start. (Insomnia; HT: BoingBoing)

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