Chicago Lawyers Caught Between Clients and Country

By JAMES WARREN Published: April 7, 2011


Jeffrey Colman, a Chicago lawyer, got a collect call Tuesday from a convicted murderer at Menard Correctional Facility in downstate Chester.

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If only his clients at the Guantánamo Bay detention camp could have made similar calls.

Mr. Colman mentioned the call when I broached the latest news in the unseemly history of the camp set up after the Sept. 11 attacks. The Obama administration has flip-flopped, and as a result will wind up prosecuting the man accused of masterminding the attacks before a military commission at Guantánamo, in Cuba, not in a civilian court in the United States.

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