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We Are Better Than This


"There is a problem of trying to manipulate the courts to get a particular result.  There is a particular problem if you are trying to do so retroactively."  — Bruce Fein

"I know due process when I see it.  I know fair proceedings when I see them.  And this ain’t it."  — Thomas Sullivan

"Five percent of the inmates in Guantanimo were picked up by US troops.  The rest of them were picked up by tribal leaders in Afghanistan and Pakistan…" — Rear Admiral John Hudson

We are better than this as Americans.  The rule of law is more important than covering George Bush’s butt in the short term.  And I will be damned if I am just going to roll over.  There will be accountability for this mess — and it starts with the election in November.

Whatever it takes.  However long it takes.  The Democrats are going to regain control of Congress.  However much work is required, I will do it.  Whatever messaging needs to be done, I will write it.  Whatever it takes.  From this day forward, getting out the Democratic vote is the single most important thing on my agenda between now and November — but I’m going to need everyone’s help.  I have damn well had enough.

(The above is a photo of the first page of the Magna Carta.)

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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