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"Remembering the Haitian Case" a Conversation with Judge Sterling Johnson, Jr.

Start/End Tuesday, November 19, 2013 12:10 PM EST -- 01:10 PM EST
Location Name Jerome Greene Hall Room 103

The Human Rights Institute invites you to a lunch conversation with Judge Sterling Johnson, Jr., moderated by Professor Harold Hongju Koh.

In June 1993, federal Judge Sterling Johnson Jr. of the United States District Court in Brooklyn ordered the closure of a facility at Guantánamo that was being used to indefinitely detain Haitians refugees who tested positive for HIV. In his ruling in Haitian Centers Council, Inc v. Sale, Judge Johnson wrote: "Although the defendants euphemistically refer to its Guantánamo operation as a ‘humanitarian camp,’ the facts disclose that it is nothing more than an H.I.V. prison camp presenting potential public health risks to the Haitians held there.” As a result of his order, the facility was closed and the Haitian refugees were resettled in the United States. Before taking senior status in 2003, Judge Johnson presided over more than 500 civil and criminal cases in the Eastern District of New York. Prior to his appointment to the bench in 1991, Judge Johnson previously was an attorney for 30 years, specializing in drug enforcement and the prosecution of narcotics cases. As the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York, Judge Johnson supervised assistant district attorneys and investigators responsible for the preparation and prosecution of more than 7000 criminal cases.

With commentary by Brandt Goldstein, author of Storming the Court: How a Band of Yale Law Students Sued the President -- And Won.