Saturday, September 26, 2009

Marjorie Cohn says George Bush, Dick Cheney and their lawyers should be tried for crimes

Morning Report: The Anti-War Warrior

If local law professor Marjorie Cohn had her way, George W. Bush and Dick Cheney would be on trial. And not just them.

Cohn wants to see some of the Bush Administration's attorneys face justice too. After all, she says, they helped the president to break the law.

It's a tough stand, and one that's helped her become one of the nation's leading leftist voices on war crimes and torture.

In this weekend's Q&A, Cohn talks about the nation's two "unlawful" wars, her work defending members of the military who seek to avoid service, and the value of international diplomacy:

Morning Report: The Anti-War Warrior
Voice of San Diego
by Randy Dotinga
September 26, 2009

Can someone be prosecuted for merely having a legal opinion?
They would be prosecuted for advising the president on how he can break the law and get away with it. There were lawyers who were prosecuted for war crimes and crimes against humanity after World War II advising Hitler on how to deport people to secret camps "legally" and get away with it.

What do you think should happen to the lawyers in this case?
They should be investigated and prosecuted under U.S. statutes.

Should they go to prison?
If convicted, yes, they should go to prison...

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