After "Cully" Sullies, he Quits-- and Good Riddance
The best news of the week comes near its very end. Charles "Cully' Stimson, the out-of-line Bush administration lawyer who outrageously sullied detainee defense attorneys and their law firms earlier this month, resigned from his post today as deputy assistant secretary of defense for detainee affairs. Good riddance.
There is no place in government for people with the views Stimson expressed during an interview for Federal News Radio a few weeks. And Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, agrees. This afternoon he issued this comment to me following word of Stimson's resignation: "This was the right decision," Sen. Leahy said in an email.. "Mr. Stimson undermined his own effectiveness with his reprehensible comments that showed a lack of commitment to foundational principles of our law and legal system."
When Stimson's remarks first came out, I wrote about it for the Washintonpost.com. Other lawyers, journalists and politicians soon followed. We all said essentially the same thing: that the men and women who have courageously volunteered to represent the Guantanamo Bay detainees deserve our praise, not our scorn, and the law firms who support these individuals deserve our thanks, not our retribution.
How and why Stimson, an experienced lawyer, would have or could have strayed so far from this bedrock principle of law is beyond me. And how and why he could have achieved the status he did within the administration is a question for the ages. All that matters now is that he is gone, off the public dole and no longer representing us all in the name of fighting the legal war on terror. And if and when he decides to try to enter private practice again, I hope that any law firm to which he applies treats him with the same disdain and contempt with which he tainted the good and decent men all over the country who have decided, for their own sake and for the sake of the rule of law, to represent the lowest of the low.
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