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Interview: John Walker Lindh's Lawyer
Time via Drudge ^ | Saturday, Jan. 26, 2002 | Christopher John Farley

Posted on 01/27/2002 6:46:29 AM PST by flamefront


James Brosnahan, the chief lawyer for John Walker Lindh, the American accused of supporting the Taliban, had some harsh words for the U.S. government's conduct after his client's first appearance in court this week.

In an interview with TIME, Brosnahan suggested that the U.S. was breaking with widely accepted international norms in its treatment of Lindh. "My opinion is, I should have been allowed to see him in December," Brosnahan told TIME. Brosnahan says he was unfairly kept away from his client for 54 days. "I think our government is playing with dynamite. He has the right to counsel under the Geneva Convention."

Brosnahan says he met his famous client for the first time this week, in a short session before the hearing this week and in another one just afterwards. Despite Lindh's unpopularity in polls of the U.S. public, and reports suggesting that Brosnahan might have private reservations about representing a client accused of supporting enemies of America, Brosnahan insists he instantly warmed to Lindh. "It was really good," says Brosnahan. "I like him. I enjoyed talking to him. I'm glad to represent him."

Brosnahan says Lindh knew he had a lawyer and so their initial meeting was not a complete surprise to his client. Says Brosnahan: "He knew because they had finally allowed a little information in there?It was good to talk to him finally. I think no one could really understand the amount of adverse publicity that has been poured on his head. I don't think he realized how much he was being attacked."

Lindh was also reunited with his parents for the first time in two years this week. "He was pleased beyond words to see his parents," says Brosnahan. " I think he's glad to be home and he's glad to be in this country. He's a citizen of this country."

It's clear that Brosnahan and his team plan to fight for Lindh in the court of public opinion as much as the courtroom. However, Brosnahan refuses to go into detail about exactly what sort of legal strategy he and his team will employ to defend Lindh in the case. "It would take all the fun out of it," he says.

Brosnahan is clear on this point: he plans to mount a vigorous defense. Says Brosnahan: "We will be bringing many motions of many different kinds."



TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: johnwalkertrial
Yet another OJ-Clinton PR campaign to try to shape your opinion.
1 posted on 01/27/2002 6:46:29 AM PST by flamefront
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2 posted on 01/27/2002 6:50:32 AM PST by kcvl
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To: flamefront
It's going to make Barnum and Bailey's Three-Ring Circus look like small potatoes...unless the Judge institutes a gag order and refuses TV coverage.
3 posted on 01/27/2002 6:55:44 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: flamefront
I guess they will claim that Walker was looking for the REAL terrorists???. . .


John Walker Lindh, approximately 12 years old, is seen in this undated photo, which was released Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2001 by a family lawyer. John Walker Lindh, the 20-year-old American who was captured along with Taliban fighters and is now in U.S. military custody, has sent a letter to his parents saying he is safe and regrets not contacting them sooner. The American is being held at a Marine base in southern Afghanistan, apparently dictated the letter to an International Red Cross volunteer. (AP Photo/family handout)

4 posted on 01/27/2002 6:57:17 AM PST by MeekOneGOP
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To: flamefront; aculeus; Orual
Brosnahan refuses to go into detail about exactly what sort of legal strategy he and his team will employ to defend Lindh in the case. "It would take all the fun out of it," he says.

Screw this jerk and his idea of fun; also the two dreadful parents and their idea of "loving America."

5 posted on 01/27/2002 6:58:14 AM PST by dighton
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To: flamefront
"My opinion is, I should have been allowed to see him in December," Brosnahan told TIME. Brosnahan says he was unfairly kept away from his client for 54 days. "I think our government is playing with dynamite. He has the right to counsel under the Geneva Convention."

Typical shyster mumbo jumbo. His opinion is bravo sierra, the law trumps his opinion. Unlawful combatants and non-signatory governments are not availed the benefits of the Geneva Convention. Maybe the Brosnahan Convention in his fantasy world, but not the Geneva Convention.

6 posted on 01/27/2002 7:04:04 AM PST by SMEDLEYBUTLER
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To: flamefront
Perhaps he can sign on to appeal the mean harsh unfair prison terms the Menendez Brothers got. After all, they are orphans!!!

Brosnahan loves the spotlight and this can only serve to further escalate the already negative feelings all patriotic Americans feel towards his loser client.

7 posted on 01/27/2002 7:07:22 AM PST by OldFriend
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Was it just me or did the word "weasle" pop into anyone else's mind the first time you saw JWL's lawyer speak?
8 posted on 01/27/2002 7:17:28 AM PST by Dutch Boy
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What I was thinking when I first saw Brosnahan would not be allowed on FR!!!
9 posted on 01/27/2002 7:27:47 AM PST by OldFriend
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To: flamefront
A trial circus like OJ Simpson's will make a mockery of any anti-terrorism posture this country has and will lose the already limpid support of European and Muslim/Arab world. Then we will be back to square one, or is it "ground zero"?
10 posted on 01/27/2002 7:31:30 AM PST by pfflier
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To: flamefront
"It's clear that Brosnahan and his team plan to fight for Lindh in the court of public opinion as much as the courtroom."

THIS representative of Jane Q Public is of the very public opinion that she is sick and tired of hearing Jihad Johnnie's lawyer's totalle informationless rants played over and over on TV. I hope this tired old PR scheme blows up in their faces.

I'm as sick of the Jihad Johnnie BS as I am of the media's constant qestioning of whether the al Qaeda in Camp X-Ray are being "treated humanely".

11 posted on 01/27/2002 7:32:11 AM PST by cake_crumb
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"Was it just me or did the word "weasle" pop into anyone else's mind the first time you saw JWL's lawyer speak?"

Mine too...among many other, more unprintable epithets. Then I shut off the TV.

12 posted on 01/27/2002 7:35:30 AM PST by cake_crumb
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To: flamefront
Yet another OJ-Clinton PR campaign to try to shape your opinion.

The OJ and klinton PR campaigns worked because of the threat of horrible things happening to our country if either of those two felons went down. Will the ragheads threaten the same thing on behalf of Johnny Jihad? Oh, please, please, please let it be so.

13 posted on 01/27/2002 7:35:38 AM PST by 300winmag
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To: flamefront ; dighton ; Orual
Quote of the day (from The Atlantic site):

"If he loves America so much why did he hire a super leftwing lawyer who is generally against American policies?"

-- FNC's Fred Barnes on John Walker Lindh, "Special Report," 1/24

Can we expect Dan Rather to identify Brosnahan as a Democrat Activist and Clinton supporter?

Naaaah.

14 posted on 01/27/2002 7:49:53 AM PST by aculeus
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To: flamefront
I know Brosnahan very well. He has some limited skills (pretty good on cross-examination), but he's much too theatrical. A jury likes him for about a day, and then grows very tired of his antics. He's also a bully--tall guy, big ego, quite liberal, thinks he's a great trial lawyer.

My hope is that he overplays the weak hand he's been dealt, and actually takes this case to trial. If the case is tried, with Lindh's confession in evidence, his client will go down.

The case will be won or lost based on the admission of the confession.

15 posted on 01/27/2002 8:01:10 AM PST by JoeFromCA
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To: JoeFromCA
The case will be won or lost based on the admission of the confession.

If they could get statements from some of the Talibunnies stating "I saw John Walker do X,Y, and Z", wouldn't that be enough to convict without the confession?

16 posted on 01/27/2002 8:14:01 AM PST by Helix
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To: flamefront
Brosnahan told TIME. Brosnahan says he was unfairly kept away from his client for 54 days. "I think our government is playing with dynamite. He has the right to counsel under the Geneva Convention."

If this A-hole's mentality had prevailed let's say during WWII, it would still be going on as all action would be stopped every time prisoners were taken, by either side, to allow each and every one of them to contact their attorney.

I can just see the history books depictin a battle: "Combat stopped at 0800 on January 27 to give time for reading of Rights to newly captured combatants and waiting for each to have made contact with and arrangements for their defense with their attorney. Combat resumed at 0600 on March 17 with fierce......."

17 posted on 01/27/2002 8:14:01 AM PST by varon
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Therotically evidence from other Taliban/El Queda could support Lindh's conviction. However, it will be very difficult to locate those people and get them into a federal courtroom in Virginia. The chances that any of the captured illegals in Cuba have such information is statistically very slim. Also, their credibility as witnesses would be very much in question.

So you're correct legally, but such evidence is a long shot. The CNN interview of Lindh is admissable in court and while damaging doesn't appear to be specific enough to amount to a confession.

18 posted on 01/27/2002 8:37:20 AM PST by JoeFromCA
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To: flamefront
Brosnahan says he met his famous client for the first time this week

excuse me ! shouldn't that be with his infamous client?

19 posted on 01/27/2002 9:03:44 AM PST by arly
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So, the lawyer wants to invoke the Geneva Conventions? Isn't that a tacit admission that his client was making war on the USA?
20 posted on 01/27/2002 9:39:37 AM PST by TONEMAN
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To: Howlin';piasa
ping
21 posted on 01/27/2002 10:14:10 AM PST by lonevoice
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To: lonevoice; John Walker Trial
Thanks!!!!

To find these articles, type to: John_Walker_Trial in the Search box (using Articles and Replies) on the Latest Posts/Replies page/Comment page.

22 posted on 01/27/2002 11:05:57 AM PST by Howlin
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To: flamefront; dighton; aculeus
Screw this jerk and his idea of fun; also the two dreadful parents and their idea of "loving America."

What he said.

23 posted on 01/28/2002 5:15:38 AM PST by Orual
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Indexing.
24 posted on 02/06/2002 4:17:56 PM PST by Howlin
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