Posted on | March 7, 2011 | 11 Comments
Jose Padilla has filed suit against a number of members of the Bush administration. You remember Jose Padilla, aka Abdullah al-Muhajir. He was the famous dirty bomber who is currently serving a 17-year sentence for conspiracy.
Muhajir, which is the Muslim name he prefers, sits in the Supermax prison in Colorado and really has nothing else to do with his time, so he sued almost everyone involved with his detention.
Muhajir has sued Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, former Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz and about fifty others, including the guards at the Marine brig where he was held. Muhajir has also sued John Ashcroft and former Assistant Attorney General John Yoo.
The problem a number of these men now face is that the Department of Justice is no longer representing them in court. DOJ is still representing Gates. The others have to face funding their defense on their own. Without DOJ representation, they have to find a good lawyer. They are reimbursed for legal expenses up to $200 dollars an hour.
It isn’t. Even hack lawyers charge $200 an hour. To get the really good lawyers in this field, you are going to be paying around $1000 an hour.
Lurking in the background is something else. There is more than just Padilla filing law suits from his supermax cell. The ACLU is involved.
Padilla only seeks one dollar in damages. The really big bucks in this case come from the attorneys’ fees. If a jury (or in some instances a judge) agrees with Padilla, even if he gets only $1, because of the “civil rights” statute that he is suing under, he will be awarded attorneys fees. Those will run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Put another way, a lawyer is never cheap when he is on the other side’s dime.
As always, the ACLU is on the side of America’s enemies. They tried to expose the identity of undercover CIA operatives to terrorists, they have sued to try and have some of our most sensitive documents released and now they are continuing their war against conservatives.
Make no mistake about this. This is a war against conservatives. What the ACLU and the left want to do is make it where no conservative will want to be in government service. If the ACLU has its way, for conservatives, it would be four years of public service work, then twenty years of litigation following. And if the ACLU is lucky enough to have a sympathetic ear in the White House, the usual support that might be offered will not be. Many conservatives are going to think before they go into government service, if they can afford the litigation that will follow.
The real reform that needs to be made is stripping the attorney fee provision out of the civil rights laws. These have simply been tools to enrich liberal lawyers and bankrupt anyone who wants to stand in their way.
We need to get congress to take action so we can help put the law firm of treason out of business.