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December 16, 2001

2011.12.16: Detention of U.S. citizens w/o charge or trial

From:  Terry, Stephen
Sent: Friday, December 16, 2011 2:31 PM
Subject: Detention of U.S. citizens w/o charge or trial

Obama is apparently about to sign the National Defense Authorization Act which allows the military to arrest and detain indefinitely without charge or trial U.S. citizens and foreigners it deems to have committed “belligerant” acts on U.S. soil – – belligerant acts being broadly and vaguely defined as any act the military deems in violation of U.S. interests.  This act violates the 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th amendments, as well as the posse comitatus act which prevents the U.S. military from being used against the domestic population.  There were no public hearings; both houses of congress were overwhelmingly in support; there has been almost no mainstream media mention of the act, leave aside it’s horrific effect on constitutional guarantees of due process, habeas, etc.

So, the occupiers who recently shut down ports on the west coast could most concertainly be rounded up under this act; occupiers in the various cities throughout the country protesting banks, corporations, congress; anyone who gives what the military decides is assistance to whomever the military decides is a terrorist orgnization.

This is frightening, frightening stuff.  I believe our union should join the likes of the Center for Constitutional Rights and the Bill of Rights Defense Committee and others in drawing attention to this act and its consequences.  I also think we should ask 1199 to join us in this effort.  I welcome suggestions – – possibly meetings in the different boroughs next week.

December 14, 2001

2001.12.14: FYI: 12/20 AALDEF Forum on Immigration and Criminal Consequences

Filed under: Civil Liberties,Islamophobia,Racism — nyclaw01 @ 11:59 am

From: MLetwin@HQWEST.WEST [mailto:MLetwin@HQWEST.WEST]
Sent: Friday, December 14, 2001 11:07 AM
To: Everyone At The Legal Aid Society@HQWEST.WEST
Subject: FYI: 12/20 AALDEF Forum on Immigration and Criminal Consequences
Importance: High


DETENTION FORUM: Immigration and Criminal Consequences Since September 11th, there have been numerous incidents of INS detainment, police interrogation, and arrests of South Asians, Arabs and Muslims.

Please join us in our discussion about the immigration and criminal consequences of anti-terrorism laws and hear from attorneys who represent clients in detention.

Date:  December 20, 2001
Time:  6:00pm – 8:00pm
Place: 99 Hudson Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10013

Stanley Mark, Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund – Moderator Manuel D. Vargas, Immigrant Defense Project, New York State Defenders Association Martin Stolar, Law Offices of Martin Stolar Winston Lee, Law Offices of Winston Lee Claudia Slovinsky, Law Offices of Claudia Slovinsky

RSVP is required due to limited seating.  Please call AALDEF at 212-966-5932 to reserve a seat.

December 11, 2001

2001.12.11: Today’s NYT Editorial on LAS Criminal Funding

Filed under: 1994 Strike,Indigent Defense — nyclaw01 @ 11:59 am

From: MLetwin@HQWEST.WEST [mailto:MLetwin@HQWEST.WEST]
Sent: Tuesday, December 11, 2001 6:39 AM
To: Everyone At The Legal Aid Society@HQWEST.WEST
Subject: Today’s NYT Editorial on LAS Criminal Funding
Importance: High


NYT Editorial–December 11, 2001
Feuding With Legal Aid

The holiday season is no time for old grudges. Mayor Rudolph Giuliani has been angry with the Legal Aid Society since 1994, when the society’s union of lawyers went on strike for higher wages early in his first term. Now Mr. Giuliani may be thinking about delivering a final blow to the society, the spine of New York’s fragile system of providing legal protections to the indigent.

The mayor has already farmed out some of the public-defender work to a few small nonprofit groups he created, in an effort to reduce Legal Aid’s influence as the city’s main provider of legal help for poor defendants. He has cut the society’s financing even though a projected decline in workload did not materialize.

Now, with only a few weeks to go in office, Mr. Giuliani is racing to put a new plan in effect that would force Legal Aid to compete for trial and appellate contracts in each borough. It is unclear how many other bids the city has received. But further cutbacks in Legal Aid’s jurisdiction and income would impair its ability to hire new lawyers and to provide investigators and other central support services, inevitably eroding the quality of representation afforded poor people.

Mr. Giuliani has no obligation to award contracts before he leaves office, especially as Legal Aid’s current contract with the city does not expire until next June. We hope that in the end he will do the wise thing, and leave the future of the city’s relationship with Legal Aid to Mayor-elect Michael Bloomberg.

December 6, 2001

2001.12.06: Equal Justice News #40

Filed under: Civil Liberties,Islamophobia,Racism — nyclaw01 @ 11:58 am

*Please forward this information to others* =================================================================
EQUAL JUSTICE NEWS #40: December 6, 2001 (Direct Circulation: 7018)

A free e-bulletin published by:
Association of Legal Aid Attorneys/UAW 2325
568 Broadway, Rm. 702A, New York, NY 10012-3225
T: 212.343.0708 Fx: 212.343.0966

President: Michael Letwin
Secretary-Treasurer: George Albro
Recording Secretary: Charlotte Hitchcock =================================================================


The following information concerns the erosion of domestic civil liberties since September 11.


1.  FORUM (NYC12/7/01, 7 p.m.):  “It Can’t Happen Here.”
3.  USA PATRIOT ACT & BILL OF RIGHTS (Nancy Chang, NYLJ, 12/6/01)
4.  NYPD PROFILING NONCITIZENS (Chisun Lee, Village Voice–12/5/01).

1.  FORUM (NYC12/7/01, 7 p.m.):  “It Can’t Happen Here.”  The USA Patriot Law and the Assault on American Civil Liberties.  Speakers:  Nat Hentoff, Columnist for the Village Voice; Michael Ratner, Civil Rights Attorney from the Center for Constitutional Rights; Suzanne Adely, American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee; And YOU.  Location:  New School University, 66 West 12th Street, Room 713.

2.  CIVIL LIBERTIES GROUPS CHALLENGE DETENTIONS.  “Citing the government’s continuing refusal to  adequately respond to previous inquiries, a group of civil liberties,  civil rights and human rights organizations today filed the first  lawsuit requesting the disclosure of basic information about those  individuals arrested and detained since September 11.”  [For full text:

3.  USA PATRIOT ACT & BILL OF RIGHTS (Nancy Chang, NYLJ, 12/6/01).
“Just six weeks after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World  Trade Center and the Pentagon, a jittery Congress — exiled from its anthrax-contaminated offices and confronted with warnings of more terrorist assaults to come — capitulated to the Bush  Administration’s demands for a new arsenal of anti-terrorism weapons.” [For full text:\
lag=full>  Chang is also author of a new pamphlet, Silencing Political Dissent, How Post-September 11 Anti-Terrorism Measures Undermine the

4.  NYPD PROFILING NONCITIZENS (Chisun Lee, Village Voice–12/5/01).
“As unusual opposition from police in other cities heightens concerns about ethnic profiling in a federal campaign to track down and  question certain noncitizens, the NYPD’s silence and its recent  practices indicate it has no such qualms. Several police chiefs in  California and Oregon have refused to join the U.S. Justice  Department’s nationwide effort to interview some 5000 U.S. visa  holders from the Middle East.
While local police cannot halt activity  at other levels of law enforcement, their refusal nevertheless  carries weight. As the already sweeping homeland security mission  grows and demands greater resources, and as public concern about  government abuse intensifies, the resistance of a few police  departments—and the NYPD’s lack of it—has meaning beyond mere  symbolism.”   [For full text:

December 3, 2001

2001.12.03: Michael Iovenko

Filed under: 1994 Strike — nyclaw01 @ 11:57 am

From: MLetwin@HQWEST.WEST [mailto:MLetwin@HQWEST.WEST]
Sent: Monday, December 03, 2001 10:45 AM
Subject: Michael Iovenko
Importance: High

ALAA is deeply saddened by the death on Saturday of former LAS President Michael Iovenko.

December 3, 2001
Michael Iovenko, 71, Lawyer; Led Aid Society During Strike By ROBERT D. McFADDEN

Michael Iovenko, a Wall Street lawyer and former New York State banking official who was president of the Legal Aid Society during a bitter 1994 labor confrontation between its staff lawyers and the Giuliani administration, died in Manhattan on Saturday. He was 71.

Mr. Iovenko had a heart attack while playing tennis at the Manhattan Plaza Racquet Club and was pronounced dead at St. Clare’s Hospital, said his wife, Nancy Newhouse Iovenko, the travel editor of The New York Times.

For many years, Mr. Iovenko was a partner in the firm of Hughes Hubbard & Reed, practicing corporate and banking law, and had been treasurer of the City Bar Association since 1998. He was deputy superintendent and counsel of the State Banking Department from 1970 to 1972 and was a member of the United States delegation to the United Nations General Assembly in 1967.

But he was perhaps best known as president of the Legal Aid Society from October 1991 to November 1994. It was a time of innovation and growth for the society — the primary defender of the poor in the city’s courts — but also one of budget problems that accelerated in the last year of his tenure, when Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani’s crackdown on quality- of-life offenses swelled caseloads and strained the nonprofit group’s staff and resources.

In a brief but rancorous fight with the administration in the fall of 1994, unionized Legal Aid lawyers seeking raises and smaller workloads staged a four-day strike that was crushed by the mayor’s threat to sever the city’s 28-year relationship with the society. The lawyers returned to work, but the angry mayor canceled the contract anyway.

Mr. Iovenko, whose term was running out, tried to negotiate with both sides and was caught in the middle, unable to prevent the walkout or to stop the city from canceling the contract. The city later offered a new contract — eventually accepted by Mr. Iovenko’s successor — with budget cuts that reduced the staff without easing caseloads.

Daniel Greenberg, president of the society, praised Mr. Iovenko’s “enormous diplomatic skills” and said he had been ready to settle with the staff and avert the strike, but had been stopped by the administration. “Had his wisdom been allowed to prevail, the whole confrontation could have been avoided,” Mr. Greenberg said.

Michael Iovenko was born in New York on Jan. 19, 1930. He graduated from the Horace Mann School in 1947, Dartmouth College in 1951 and Columbia University Law School in 1954. He was an associate professor of banking at Fordham University from 1988 to 1991, and wrote articles for The National Law Journal, The New York Law Journal and other publications.

Besides continuing on the board of the Legal Aid Society, he was a member of the Governor’s Council on Youth and the Mayor’s Advisory Committee to the city’s Department of Juvenile Justice, and a director of the Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth, a home for delinquent boys in Canaan, N.Y.

A lifelong Francophile, he was a director and former president of the French-American Foundation and was recently named a chevalier of the National Order of Merit by the French government.

Mr. Iovenko’s first marriage, to Sallie Bingham, the daughter of Barry Bingham Sr., the late editor and publisher of The Louisville Courier- Journal, ended in divorce in 1976. He married Nancy Riley Newhouse in 1983.

Besides his wife, Mr. Iovenko is survived by two sons from his first marriage, Christopher, of Los Angeles; and William, of Louisville, Ky.; and a sister, Cristina Howe of Miami.

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