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Cuban Case Shows American Legal Crisis

Summarized from an article submitted to People's Weekly World by Paul Hill

HOUSTON - Leonard Weinglass, famed Yale law school educated attorney spoke at Texas Southern University in Houston on April 5, 2005. He previously defended Angela Davis, Jane Fonda, Mumia Abu Jamal, Abbie Hoffman, Tom Hayden, Renee Davis, Bill and Emily Harris, and, currently, Antonio Guerrero. Guerrero is one of the Cuban 5 sentenced to life for conspiracy to commit espionage.

Weinglass reviewed the many instances of U.S. sponsored terrorism against Cuba, and that nation's many efforts to stop Florida-trained mercenaries from attacking. Instead, the U.S. arrested five Cuban men who had come to Florida to infiltrate the terrorist groups and try to warn their homeland about new attacks. Instead of receiving a political trial, they were charged with espionage against the U.S. and sentenced to severe terms under harsh conditions.

Attorney Weinglass makes the case that "we are undergoing a crisis of illegality and lawlessness at the highest levels of government." He declared that "change will come from the grassroots up." He stated that "everyone agrees that torture doesn't make us safe." He notes that "lawyers are straitjacketed in their efforts to represent clients."

Mr. Weinglass was enthusiastically received by the 100+ persons in the audience, including many African American law students. He answered many stimulating questions posed by the audience.

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