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02/09/2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Contact: Beth Huffman

Phone: 215-238-6340


Chancellor Issues Op-Ed on Efforts by Guantanamo Lawyers

Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Jane L. Dalton issued an op-ed piece to various Southeastern Pennsylvania newspapers commending the law firms with Philadelphia offices providing pro bono services to the Guantanamo detainees, and to dozens of other clients whom the average person might find offensive.

"The pro bono representation of Guantanamo detainees reminds us that all individuals have a right to habeas corpus review - the judicial order to bring a prisoner to court and justify the detention. It has been a basic instrument under which courts in common-law systems have protected citizens against wrongful imprisonment," Dalton wrote.

The Op-Ed piece appeared in Feb. 8 edition of the Philadelphia Daily News. Read the full text here

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