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Gallows without humor: the Massachusetts conference

The New York Sun's Seth Gitell reports from that conference last weekend organized by Massachusetts School of Law founder and dean Lawrence Velvel in Andover, Mass., seeking to establish a legal framework for the prosecution of Bush administration officials for war crimes "including, if guilt is found, the hangings visited upon top German and Japanese war-criminals in the 1940s." A hot topic at the conference: whether to encourage U.S. military officers to disobey White House (i.e., civilian) orders. The scheduled conference program included presentations by lawprofs from the University of Illinois, University of Houston, Stanford, and the University of Toledo, as well as persons from such groups as the Center for Constitutional Rights and Human Rights USA. The event, originally scheduled for the Massachusetts School of Law campus, was moved to a nearby Andover, Mass. hotel after protests from MSL alums. More here, here, and here.

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