February 18th, 2008 04:57 PM
Walter E. Dellinger III
This is the man who on March 18 will represent the District of Columbia before the United States Supreme Court in District of Columbia v. Heller, which argues that the city's ban on the possession of handguns and any functional firearms, even for self-defense in the home, is not prohibited by the Second Amendment.
If the Supreme Court hands down the opinion that individual citizens do not have a Constitutional right of self-defense, this is the man who will have convinced them.
I don't know for sure that Dellinger lives in a gated community bristling with high-tech security systems and armed guards at entry points (though this is very likely). I don't know for sure that the buildings where he works hire armed and badged employees to protect their VIP occupants (though this is almost certainly true).
And I don't know what his formal training in our country's most prestigious law schools has done to his beliefs about objective truth, inalienable rights, the role of government, liberty, and other principles (though it is very easy to guess).
What I do know, most certainly, is that he will be spending the next month of his life preparing to convince our nation's highest court that a resident of one of our most murderous cities does not have the Constitutional right to protect himself in his own home if a criminal threatens him there.
It is good and proper that we continue to remember names like Eichmann and Goebbels. They stand as permanent symbols of government tyranny.
But the lust for tyranny did not end in 1945. And it is not restricted to Europe and Asia. Wherever pride and ambition fill human hearts, and wherever there is a lust to control others, there will be men (and now women) who would "lead" us, "for our own good," even if to them "good" means gated communities for the lawmakers, and cities filled with disarmed subjects preyed upon by armed criminals for the rest of us.
Mark this man's name. Among the self-anointed who mean to eviscerate the Bill of Rights and make us into sheep under a red, white, and blue tyranny, Walter E. Dellinger III is a man to be reckoned with.
February 18th, 2008 05:20 PM
Here's a short bio
Pretty good credentials, even though he was appointed by President Clinton and is a Democrat.........
Walter Estes Dellinger, III
40th United States Solicitor General
Born May 15, 1941 (1941-05-15) (age 66)
Political party Democratic
Walter Estes Dellinger, III (born May 15,1941 in Charlotte, North Carolina) is the Douglas B. Maggs Professor of Law at Duke University and head of the appellate practice at O'Melveny & Myers LLP in Washington, D.C. He also currently leads Harvard Law School's Supreme Court and Appellate Litigation Clinic. He served as the acting United States Solicitor General for the 1996-1997 Term of the Supreme Court. Prior to his appointment as acting Solicitor General, Dellinger was an Assistant Attorney General and head of the Office of Legal Counsel under President Bill Clinton. He has also appeared as a commentator on This Week, the ABC News Sunday morning program hosted by George Stephanopoulos. Dellinger is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Yale Law School.
He is the father of lawyer and political candidate Hampton Dellinger.
He will represent the District of Columbia before the US Supreme Court in District of Columbia v. Heller which argues that the city's ban on the possession of handguns and any functional firearms, even for self-defense in the home is not prohibited by the Second Amendment.
February 18th, 2008 06:34 PM
Here's Heller's lead counsel, from his web site:
Mr. Gura’s practice focuses primarily on civil and appellate litigation, with an emphasis on intellectual property, constitutional law, and civil rights.
Prior to founding Gura & Possessky, PLLC, Mr. Gura began his career by serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Terrence W. Boyle, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Subsequently, as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of California, Mr. Gura defended the State of California and its employees from all manner of lawsuits, in state and federal courts, at trial and on appeal. Thereafter, Mr. Gura entered the private practice of law with the Washington, D.C. offices of Sidley & Austin. In February 2000, he left the firm to serve for a year as Counsel to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Criminal Justice Oversight.
Alan Gura is admitted as an active member in good standing in the District of Columbia Bar, the Virginia State Bar, and the State Bar of California. He is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court; the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Ninth, Eleventh, Federal, and District of Columbia Circuits; and the United States District Courts for the District of Columbia, the Eastern District of Virginia, and the Central, Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of California.
Alan Gura is a 1995 graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. He is also a graduate of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, having earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government, with Distinction in All Subjects, in 1992.
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