Pentagon official draws criticism

Ah, think the guy who’s slammed law firms’ representation of detainees should be fired…or disbarred?

"Charles ‘Cully’ Stimson, deputy assistant secretary for defense for detainee affairs, has sparked a firestorm of anger, from Capitol Hill to America’s law schools to even conservative quarters.

"He told a Washington, D.C., Beltway radio station last week that American corporations should boycott leading U.S. law firms that provide pro-bono service at the prison camps in the remote U.S. Navy base in southeast Cuba.

"On Tuesday, Republican Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania condemned Stimson’s remarks on the floor of the Senate, where he until recently served as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

”’When lawyers undertake the representation of individuals in unpopular causes, they are entitled to praise, not criticism,’ said Specter, echoing an earlier condemnation by the new committee chairman, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.


"As of Tuesday, nearly 140 law school deans had signed an Internet petition declaring themselves ‘appalled’ by the remarks of a fellow lawyer.