It's the story of a man.
The story of an entire nation through this man.
He whose mother brought back the notes of the McCarthy trials.
He who watched the re-transmissions of the army hearings accused of being infiltrated by the Communists and defended by a well-known law firm known as H and D.
He who, as a young law student, traveled the Mississippi alone in his van, to advocate for the many badly mistreated African American citizens, against those who threaten him with imprisonment and death with no reason.
And then 40 years later, he is the one who says that in a well-known prison in Cuba, some tortured prisoners are innocent. He and his colleagues bring suit against President Bush, resulting three and one-half years later in a land mark 5-4 decision by US Supreme Court that the men held in Guantanamo Bay Prison were entitled to challenge their indefinite imprisonment in a habeas corpus trial before a federal judge.
We met this man. We were able to hear the stories of these prisoners told by one of them, by their lawyer, by the lawyer's wife.
C’est l’histoire d’un homme.
L’histoire d’une nation toute entière à travers cet homme.
Celui dont la mère rapportait les notes des procès du Maccarthysme.
Celui qui regardait les retransmissions des audiences de l’armée accusée d’être infiltrée par les communistes, et défendue par un cabinet d’avocat bien connu que nous appellerons H et D.
Celui qui, jeune étudiant en droit parcourt le Mississipi seul dans sa camionnette, pour défendre les esclaves noirs contre ceux qui le menacent de mort et l'emprisonnent sans raison.
Et puis 40 ans plus tard, il est celui qui se dit que dans une prison bien connue de Cuba, certains prisonniers torturés sont innocents. Il plaide contre Bush et gagne devant les neufs juges de la cour suprême.
Cet homme, nous l’avons rencontré. De ces prisonniers, nous avons pu entendre les histoires, racontées par un d’entre eux, par leur avocat, par la femme de l’avocat.
About the Case
About Boumediene v. Bush
Boumediene v. Bush was a writ of habeas corpus submission made in a civilian court of the United States on behalf of Lakhdar Boumediene, held in military detention by the United States at the Guantanamo Bay detention camps in Cuba. In December 2007, Seth Waxman made the oral argument to the Supreme Court in Boumediene v. Bush which upheld habeas corpus rights for detainees at Guantanamo Bay. (Wikipedia)
With a heritage that includes their involvement in the foundation of legal aid work early in the 20th century, the firm has consistently distinguished themselves as leaders in pro bono representation. Many of their lawyers have played, and continue to play, prominent roles in public service activities of national and international importance—from counseling U.S. presidents to opposing discrimination and defending human rights around the world.” (Law 360, Wikipedia, WilmerHale)
About Sarah Tick, Director
About Hédi Tillette de Clermont Tonnerre, Author
Through the Lens
Join us on April 3rd at 6:30 PM as we celebrate the opening of the second exhibition in our "May '68" series featuring ten original posters, along with nearly two dozen small reproductions. The talk will be in English.Read More