And now, merely providing legal council to the accused is considered to be immoral:
The senior Pentagon official in charge of military detainees suspected of terrorism said in an interview this week that he was dismayed that lawyers at many of the nation’s top firms were representing prisoners at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and that the firms’ corporate clients should consider ending their business ties.
The comments by Charles D. Stimson, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for detainee affairs, produced an instant torrent of anger from lawyers, legal ethics specialists and bar association officials, who said Friday that his comments were repellent and displayed an ignorance of the duties of lawyers to represent people in legal trouble.
“This is prejudicial to the administration of justice,” said Stephen Gillers, a law professor at New York University and an authority on legal ethics. “It’s possible that lawyers willing to undertake what has been long viewed as an admirable chore will decline to do so for fear of antagonizing important clients.
This is, hands down, the most ethically blind, morally bankrupt, and criminally incompetent administration in my lifetime. This man should be immediately fired, and would be, were this administration and the Republican party composed of people who were even remotely concerned with the spirit and the letter of the law.
But they aren’t, and are now pushing a boycott of those people who merely provide legal services to those being detained by the government. Guilt or innocence are immaterial- what matters to the Red Queens is that you are accused. How long before Sean Hannity determines that lawyers representing prisoners are enemies of the state?