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Thanks for the brave and thoughtful opinion piece, “Puzzling Over the Unborn” [NLJ, May 5, by Carla T. Main]. It seems rare within the legal profession that essential truths and common sense prevail when confronted with the juggernaut of Roe v. Wade. If my law school experience is any guide, Main will become a target of the radical pro-abortionists, because she dared speak up for those who have no voice. I often wonder if lawyers and law school students who questioned Plessy v. Ferguson were as lambasted and scourged in their time. It’s always struck me that in many legal cases, the interests of the vulnerable and disadvantaged are protected. However, in the case of unborn children, somehow it’s okay to sacrifice this principle to the selfish concept of “the right to choose,” denying a right to life of our most vulnerable. It’s encouraging that at least there seems to have been a resurgence of public debate over the murder of unborn children in light of various high-profile murder cases. Each time this happens, the moral and legal bankruptcy of abortion on demand is readily apparent. Max T. Raterman Whitney Point, N.Y. Ask Iraqi lawyers congratulations to Marcia Coyle on her article that analyzed in depth the needed reform of Iraq’s legal system ["Toward an Iraqi legal system," NLJ, April 21]. As an Iraqi lawyer admitted to the bars of New York and Washington, and a solicitor, I am surprised that many Iraqi attorneys/solicitors that I know of have not assisted nor been asked for their views on the legal-reform process. This is all the more surprising as there are very few United States/United Kingdom-educated and -trained Iraqi lawyers. I would have suggested that a conference of all Iraqi lawyers be held to assist in this process, but doubt that the logistics of such a conference are plausible currently. I believe that most Iraqi lawyers whom I know firmly believe in the separation of powers between the judiciary and the executive branches of government. One aspect of the Iraqi legal system that I believe needs to be emphasized is the complete publication of Revolutionary Command Council decrees. The council was the highest legislative and executive body in Saddamite Iraq. It issued decrees (or “laws”) for official publication in the Legal Gazette and also issued secret decrees. In many of these secret decrees, decisions were taken expropriating the property rights of Iraqi citizens and handing over the properties to Saddam’s family and party members and their cronies. It is essential for the future of Iraq to publish these decrees and allow victims of these decrees to understand what happened. This is part of the process to establish truth and reconciliation and allow the Iraqi people to rebuild our country. The illegal denaturalization of citizens and their rights must be dealt with. Already, press reports state that former citizens have taken the law into their own hands and reclaimed their expropriated properties from their Saddamite expropriators. A truth and reconciliation committee must be established by Iraqis to investigate the vile acts of the former regime. We have all witnessed the heartwrenching pictures of the Ba’athists’ killing fields. The Iraqi perpetrators of crimes against humanity must be brought to justice. While almost all the Iraqis whom I know welcome the de-Ba’athification process instituted by Paul Bremmer in Iraq, we cannot allow others to deny their complicity in propping up Saddam and his cronies. We cannot allow Iraq to suffer the same fate as Germany and its limp de-Nazification program; many leading businesspeople who had propped up the Nazis flourished in post-war Germany. In Iraq, many brave academics, doctors and diplomats who refused to join the Ba’ath party ruined their careers through their principled stance. And yet those allegedly complicit with Saddam’s regime are circling Baghdad today, “renouncing” the Saddamites while seeking multimillion-dollar reconstruction contracts. How ironic, yet sickening, that those who destroyed the moral fabric of Iraqi society are attempting to play a part in its rebuilding. The separation of the powers of the judiciary and the executive branches of any future Iraqi government must be enshrined and assured. Iraq and Iraqis cannot afford another 30 years of Saddamite decrees, dictatorial rule and the moral destruction of our society. Hussein Damirji London Get a job, get a life this is in regard to the article, “The Attorney, unemployed,” [NLJ, April 7, by Matt Kelly]. It is a shame so many bright, well-educated people are out of work, and without alternatives to their cor-porate careers. For new ideas on how to lead their lives, perhaps our unemployed lawyers might look to their old law school application essays. Bryan Christy Philadelphia

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