Ramsey Clark, the attorney general in Johnson’s administration who became an activist talking about unpopular reasons and a critical critic of U.S. policy, has died. He was 93 years old.
Clark, his father, Tom Clark, a former attorney general and justice in the U.S. Supreme Court, died Friday at his Manhattan home, family member Sharon Welch told the media, including The New York Times and The Washington Post.
New York’s civil rights lawyer Ron Kuby, who has worked with Clark on a number of lawsuits, called the deaths “very painful at the time of the loss.”
“A progressive society has lost a manager and a state official,” Kuby said. “For generations, Ramsey Clark has been the voice of control, conscience and the struggle for civil and human rights.”
In courts across the country Clark has defended anti-war activists. In a court of law, he charged the United States with extremism, beginning with the Vietnam War and continuing with Grenada, Libya, Panama and the Gulf War.
When Clark visited Iraq after Operation Desert Storm and returned to blame the United States for war crimes, Newsweek named him Jane Fonda of the Gulf War.
Clark said he only wanted America to live up to its principles. “If you don’t force your government to obey the law, what right do you have to demand it from others?” he said.
Texan with a tongue, who spoke softly went to Washington in 1961 as New Frontiersman in the Department of Justice of President John F. Kennedy.
He was 39 years old when Johnson made him attorney general in 1967, the second youngest – Robert Kennedy was 36 years old.
Chief Justice Tom Clark, who was Harry Truman’s attorney general before joining the high court in 1949, swore in his son as attorney general, and then retired to avoid a conflict of interest.
Ramsey Clark said his Justice work drew him to the transformation of civil rights, which he called “the best wishes for the American people of our time.”
He also eventually opposed the death penalty and touching the ropes, defended the right to protest and criticized the FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover when no one else in the government would dare to take him.
But as Johnson’s attorney general, Clark was tasked with prosecuting Dr. Benjamin Spock for advising Vietnamese youth to stand up to the issue, a position he sympathized with.
“We have won the case, which was the worst part,” he said years later.
Clall-born Clark, who struggled in the Marine Corps in 1945-46, moved his family to New York in 1970 and developed a practice that is commonly practiced with vision. He said at the time he and his colleagues were limiting their annual salary to $ 50,000, which he did not always earn.
“Money is not my passion,” he said, but at the same time he was experiencing huge medical expenses for his daughter, Ronda, who was born severely handicapped. He and his wife, Georgia, who were married in 1949, also had a son, Thomas, a lawyer.
Clark was shot in the polls, losing the Democratic Senate in 1976 to Daniel P. Moynihan.
Clark’s client list included peace-like activists and weapons such as Harrisburg 7 and Plowshares 8. Abroad, he represented opponents in Iran, Chile, the Philippines and Taiwan, and hijackers in the Soviet Union.
He was an advocate for Soviet and Syrian Jews, but he offended more Jews than any other client. He defended the guards of the Nazi concentration camp, as well as the Palestinian Liberation Organization in the case of the assassination of a passenger.
There used to be two to three active cases on Clark’s legal calendar, and about 100 more in the background. Murder charges were baseless.
“We are talking about civil liberties,” he said. “We have the largest prison population in the world. The world’s largest prison warden is the most free country on Earth? ”