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Letter: ‘We Need More Judges Like Him’

The recent decision by United States Southern District of New York Judge, Hon. Lewis A. Kaplan in U.S. v. Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani in blocking the testimony of government witness Hussein Abebe due to the way he was identified and located through duress and harsh interrogation of Mr. Ghailani by the CIA, shows this nation as one of laws and our Constitution as a model beacon for all the world to see. As the learned and courageous Judge Kaplan noted, “The Constitution is the rock upon which our nation rests. We must follow it not only when it is convenient, but when fear and danger beckon in a different direction.” Judge Kaplan may be criticized for his decision, but instead he should be hailed as a true patriot. We need more judges like him.

Thomas F. Liotti
Westbury Village Justice