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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

I'm a proud alum of the University at Buffalo School of Law, but it seems to me that they can be a bit pusillanimous when it comes to honoring other graduates. I boycotted the dinner for Dennis Vacco-- a thug; and Dale Volker was an outrageous choice. (You may not know Volker. He's a longtime member of the New York State Senate-- in and of itself a despicable calling-- who ran and was elected on the promise to restore capital punishment to the Empire State. His death penalty law was never responsible for a single execution, and was declared unconstitutional last year. Nice work, Darth) I see that the keynote speaker for the Winter Meeting is Michael Battle, the hatchet man for the US Attorney firings. You know, there are a lot of people who went to UB that have done good things-- why pick guys like this? Vacco eliminated the longstanding tradition of non-partisan, merit-based employment in the New York AG's office. Volker sits in his Albany office muttering, "Kill, kill, kill them all". And Battle was a member of the Bush DOJ. They have certainly distinguished themselves-- I'd say they deserve a special section in Hell-- but that doesn't mean that my Alumni Association should be throwing parties for them.

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