Million-dollar ad campaign claims Bridget McCormack volunteered to help free suspected terrorists
McCormack has come under attack for a role she played in the case of a Guantanamo prisoner. A million-dollar ad campaign financed by an out-of-state group called the Judicial Crisis Network features a Michigan woman, Teri Johnson, of Flint, whose son was killed in Afghanistan in 2010.
Johnson’s son Joe was killed while serving in the Army. In the ad, Johnson says she could not believe McCormack volunteered to help free suspected terrorists.
On Thursday in Ann Arbor, McCormack responded with sympathy for Johnson and contempt for the group behind the ad.
McCormack said she had been asked as dean of the University of Michigan Law School Clinics to represent the Guantanamo prisoner.
“To help the government process all of these cases, to figure out how to punish the guilty, make sure the rule of law was followed,” she said.
McCormick said other law schools, law firms and military lawyers had volunteered their services for hundreds of others held at Guantanamo. She said she had to apply for security clearance and did get one to travel to Cuba, but she never traveled.
The case ended when President George W. Bush’s administration decided to send the man to his native Tazikstan where he is serving a 17-year term. McCormack says the case never went far enough for her to even meet him. She has no regrets about volunteering.
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