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October 11, 2007

150 Attend Talk By Attorneys for Guantanamo Detainees October 8; Podcast Available

Steven Wax, Oregon’s federal public defender, who represents Guantanamo detainees, tells his clients’ stories

On Monday, October 8, more than 150 people attended a description and analysis of issues facing detainees at Guantanamo Bay prison, held at the University of Oregon School of Law.  Two Oregon attorneys who represent Guantanamo detainees told the stories of

Tom Johnson, an attorney at Perkins Coie who represents Guantanamo detainees pro bono, answers audience questions

detainees, outlining the legal and personal dilemmas they face in represent
ing these men. Steven Wax, Oregon’s federal public defender, represents seven detainees, four of whom he believes are, without question, innocent. Tom Johnson, a partner at Perkins Coie, did pro bono work to help free a Kazakhstani national who was

University of Oregon School of Law Professor Ibrahim Gassama calls for the United States to recognize international law in the treatment of Guantanamo detainees

held for five year. Habeas corpus, due process, civil liberties and interrogation techniques were presented through the stories of these attorneys and their clients.  UO Professor Ibrahim Gassama called for the United States to recognize international law, and Garrett Epps expertly translated questions and statements for the audience of law students and the broader community.

Listen to a Podcast of the event.

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