The Award For Chutzpah
The New York Post - Editorial - March 16, 2001
You've got to wonder what kind of lawyers are
being turned out by Cardozo Law School.
Certainly not the kind who have a healthy
respect for the law. How else to explain the
award that two student groups will present to
former President Clinton on Monday?
Granted, the "Advocate for Peace" award
ostensibly honors his efforts to reach peace in
the Middle East, but still:
- Clinton is the first U.S. president to be found
guilty of criminal contempt.
- His blatant perjury in the Paula Jones case
earned him a $90,000 fine, which he did not
- Another judge ruled that he committed a
misdemeanor violation of the Privacy Act by
releasing Katherine Willey's private letters to the
- The disciplinary committee of the Arkansas
bar found that his false testimony about Monica
Lewinsky "constituted serious misconduct" -
serious enough that he should not be allowed to
- Clinton avoided disbarment only by giving up
his law license for five years.
And this is a man who is being honored by a
group of prospective lawyers - and future
Clinton demonstrated his utter contempt for the
law time and time again - and was more than
willing to use perjury and obstruction of justice
in the interests of political self-preservation.
Given their choice of role model, those kids at
Cardozo are off to a dubious start on their legal
Then again, given what passes for lawyering
today, they'll probably fit right in.
The decision by Benjamin Cardozo Law School of Yeshiva University to honor Bill Clinton is shameful. Cardozo's choice of honoree is the antithesis of the mitzvah of pidyan shvuyim (the redemption of a captive.) Clinton repeatedly reneged on explicit commitments to release Jonathan Pollard. See "Naveh Challenges Barak About Pardon Involvement") In spite of the blatant injustice in the Pollard case, Clinton refused to commute Jonathan Pollard's sentence. His refusal, in spite of a wealth of evidence that Pollard's sentence is grossly disproprotionate and was unjustly obtained, should have brought protests from Cardozo, the premier Jewish law school, not accolades.
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