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Neal R. Sonnett: Voice of Liberty
By Albert J. Krieger
Informal Opinion columns.
Neal Sonnett: Honored as the Profession’s Voice of Liberty
The American Bar Association responded to the tragedy of 9/11 by
enlisting the services of its most sensitive and capable members to
assure our country that its dedication to liberty would not suffer in
our efforts at self-defense. Three ABA task forces were created, the
Task Force on Domestic Surveillance in the Fight Against Terrorism, the
Task Force on Presidential Signing Statements and the Separation of
Powers Doctrine, and the Task Force on Treatment of Enemy Combatants.
Neal R. Sonnett was named as chair of two, tasks that serve as a
metaphor in many ways for the professional life of one of the most
skilled courtroom trial lawyers in our country, border to border and
ocean to ocean.
As a past president of the National Association of Criminal Defense
Lawyers, and as current president of the American Judicature Society,
Neal has graced, and continues to grace, many pulpits. When Justice
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