Turley: Garzón a personal hero

May 9, 2011

“Judge Garzón is a personal hero,” Professor Jonathan Turley of George Washington University Law School writes on his blog today:

For civil libertarians, there are few heroes who can match Baltasar Garzón, the Spanish judge who ordered the arrest of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet in 1998 and later worked to identify human rights violations committed during the Spanish Civil War and the Franco dictatorship. … He is coming at a time when civil libertarians in this country are in deep need for moral support. We have a president who has blocked torture prosecutions by Bush officials, continued military tribunals, and expanded on a host of controversial Bush policies in the national security area.

Prof. Turley will be interviewing Garzón at the luncheon preceding the award ceremony for the first ALBA-Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism this coming Saturday, May 14, in New York City. Limited tickets are still available (click here to order). More from Turley’s blog  here.