The Guardian reports that Ian MacDonald QC, one a relatively small number of British barristers allowed to represent suspected terror suspects before the UK Special Immigration Appeals Commission , has announced he will not longer take those cases following the House of Lords ruling that the detentions are illegal. The Guardian speculates that many, perhaps all, of the other barristers with similar status will follow suit, putting a real spanner in the works. Once again, the British lawyers are ahead of us.
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I don’t think this is productive. How on earth can you protest an illegal detention by refusing to represent the detainees?? Yea, I understand the whole principle of not participating in a corrupt system, but that’s like protesting the unavailability of cheap medical care by refusing to give bandages to people who are bleeding to death.
Reminds me of the Dutch Bulb Speculators.
Oh, bah! I meant to post that in the virtual property story.