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March 2007 , Page 59 

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We Must Be Vigilant and Fight for Justice

By Charles Ogletree

I am absolutely honored to be here. I want to thank Marty [Pinales] for inviting me. He did it in an unusual way. He called my friend Judge Ed Prado from the Fifth Circuit, who was coming to Harvard to speak. Judge Prado said, “Martin said you must do this.” How do you turn down a Fifth Circuit judge?

Barry Scheck, I can’t thank you and Peter Neufeld enough for the work that you do to save so many lives. It really is remarkable when we think about what our system looked like for such a long time. We should really thank Barry Scheck for what he has done to make this country better.

I cannot go any further without thanking my mentor, someone who has been an amazing friend. He is someone I remember going back to the days of Wounded Knee and the work he has done for over 50 years in representing folks. This is someone that I had a chance to learn from and actually work with on cases. That’s my hero, a giant in NACDL and a giant in the criminal justice arena. T

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