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Ramsey Clark
Former U.S. Attorney General
National Press Club Luncheon Speaker -- May 12, 2003

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Ramsey Clark

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Ramsey Clark was U.S. attorney general during the Lyndon B. Johnson adminstration. During his tenure, Clark vigorously defended civil liberties and civil rights, proposed the abolition of the death penalty, opposed the use of government wiretaps and initiated the first school desegregation case in the north.

Born on Dec. 18, 1927, Clark received his bachelor's degree from the University of Texas and his law degree from the University of Chicago. After being admitted to the bar in 1951, Clark practiced law in Dallas. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy nominated Clark as assistant attorney general. Clark remained in the position until he was nominated deputy attorney general by President Johnson in 1965. After serving as attorney general from 1967 to 1969, Clark went into private practice and taught law.

Clark has been active to end political repression and human rights violations. He has provided legal assistance for those accused of war crimes in Rwanda and Kosovo. Recently, Clark has been an outspoken critic of the U.S.-led war in Iraq. As the founding chairman of the International Action Center in New York, Clark has helped organize several anti-war demonstrations in Washington over the last year.

Criticizing the use of U.S. military force, Clark has charged that despite his popularity, President Bush has "committed the highest crimes against peace -- wars of aggression -- as defined in the Nuremberg Charter." He makes the case that the American people should therefore exercise their constitutional power by impeaching the chief executive.

Clark is married to Georgia Welch; they have two children.

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