埃里克·霍尔德(Eric Holder)在儿童奴役诉讼中为代表奥巴马的前高级官员辩护

埃里克·霍尔德(Eric Holder)在儿童奴役诉讼中为代表奥巴马的前高级官员辩护

前美国. 总检察长 Eric Holder defended former top 奥巴马 official Neal Katyal, who is currently representing companies in a child slavery 诉讼, in an op-ed published Tuesday.

The former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal, a Georgetown law professor and staunch critic of President Trump, is representing Nestle and Cargill in a lawsuit accusing the two companies of aiding and abetting child slavery in Cargill, 公司. v. Doe Nestle USA, 公司. v. Doe.

There is an increasing and disturbing trend of criticizing lawyers for the clients they represent and for advancing arguments that are well within the bounds of zealous advocacy. Former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal is the latest such target,” Holder wrote in his op-ed published on Law.com.

 在这个四月 18, 2013 档案照片, Attorney General Eric Holder testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington.  (AP Photo/Molly Riley, 文件)

在这个四月 18, 2013 档案照片, Attorney General Eric Holder testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, 文件)

诉讼 were filed on behalf ofsix former child slaves trafficked from Mali to work on Ivorian cocoa farms,” who say Nestle and Cargill were aware of alleged child slavery but brought them to plantations anyway.

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Petitioners, two U.S. corporations, have long supported and maintained a system of child slavery and forced labor in the Ivory Coast. This is extremely profitable for Petitioners,” 诉讼指出.

Holder cited Katyal’s experience representingalleged enemy combatants held in Guantanamoas an example of another time the lawyer wasattacked from one side of the political spectrum.

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In both the Nestle and Guantanamo cases, Holder argued, “the criticism is equally misguided.

Katyal was neither defending the waging of war on America nor defending child slavery. 代替, he was ably advancing detailed and somewhat technical arguments about the scope of federal statutes. The idea that in doing so in this latest matter he was defending child slavery is simply wrong,” Holder wrote.

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Katyal has received criticism for defending Nestle and Cargill in court from the public on social media and tough questioning from Supreme Court justices.

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