Do any Texas prosecutors belong to the ABA? If so ... why? They seem to be either opposed to or uninterested in anything remotely prosecutor-friendly ...
ABA backs federal reporter shield law
August 10, 2005
ILLINOIS -- The American Bar Association gave its backing Tuesday to journalists facing jail time, voting to endorse federal protection for those refusing to reveal their sources to prosecutors.
The nation's largest lawyers' group overwhelmingly approved the measure on voice vote at its annual meeting in Chicago. It authorizes the 400,000-member ABA to lobby Congress, where "shield law" proposals are pending.
The ABA declined 30 years ago to back a reporter shield law, but lawyers reconsidered after New York Times reporter Judith Miller was jailed a month ago for refusing to testify to a grand jury investigating the leak of the identity of undercover CIA officer Valerie Plame.
Thirty-one states and the District of Columbia have shield laws protecting reporters from having to identify their confidential sources, but there is no federal protection.
The ABA seems to spend much of its time undermining the work of prosecutors. Witness their anti death-penalty lobby. Unfortunately, it also undermines the work of the nation's legislatures (elected by the people)when it interferes. Since it can't represent all elements of the bar, maybe it should get out of the lobbying business.
I wouldn't willingly send one dime to the ABA. And yet from time to time there seems to be interest in our (mandatory) State Bar getting into the issue advocacy business.
I particularly enjoy when the ABA folks call to solicit my membership. It's fun to listen to them try to defend the ABA from all of the positions it has taken on matters contrary to the interests of law enforcement.
On a semi-related note, are any of y'all members of the Federalist Society? I've been reading some about that organization in connection with the Supreme Court nomination of John Roberts. Sounds like a worthwhile alternative to the ABA.
I had my free membership in law school and then told them "adios" after that.
I can't tell you how many phone calls and mailings I recieved trying to get me to renew/join. Even after told "stop calling me".
You are right, they don't do much, if anything, to help out a prosecutor.
i'm a member of the Texas Bar Ass'n because I have no choice. I have a hard time figuring out exactly how they serve the criminal bar.
Or the civil bar either, for that matter.
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