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Panel discusses whether to prosecute Bush administration officials

Tuesday, March 10, 2009, 4:30 p.m. · 104 Computer Science

A panel of legal experts will explore the question of "Justice After Bush: Should Former Administration Officials Be Prosecuted?" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, in 104 Computer Science.

The discussion is hosted by the Program in Law and Public Affairs and will feature speakers who have expressed differing positions on the issue. The panelists are:

  • István Déak, the Seth Low Professor Emeritus at Columbia University, who has studied post-World War II war crime trials;
  • Charles Fried, a 1956 Princeton graduate and the Beneficial Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, who previously served as U.S. solicitor general and as an associate justice on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court;
  • Scott Horton, a contributing editor at Harper's Magazine and a distinguished visiting professor at Hofstra Law School; and
  • Michael Ratner, the president of the Center for Constitutional Rights, which has coordinated litigation on behalf of detainees at the Guantánamo Bay detention camp.

Deborah Pearlstein, an associate research scholar in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, will moderate the discussion. Pearlstein was the founding director of the Law and Security Program at Human Rights First, an international human rights organization.

More information about the event is available online.

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