“To be a voice for Shahidullah” by Kathleen Kirwin + Turning Decay To New Life by Bruce Gagnon

by Kathleen Kirwin, Esq.
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
The Revolutionary Legal Front
Oct. 28, 2011

Art Laffin of the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker ...

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“As the father of a young son, I went to the White House on March 19 to be a voice for Shahidullah.” From the closing argument of Defendant Art Laffin in DC Superior Court.

Yesterday marked a watershed day in my 27 year legal career. It did not occur as I deftly cross-examined a witness, nor while waxing eloquent in front of a jury. Rather, it transpired as I sat in the back row of courtroom 219 in the DC Superior Court while watching and listening to the final day of testimony and closing arguments at a trial where 19 American citizens argued for justice. Continue reading