November 02, 2017

Statement of ABA President Hilarie Bass Re: Respect for our justice system

WASHINGTON, Nov. 2, 2017 -- The American Bar Association joins in mourning the victims of Tuesday’s terrorist attack in New York.

Adherence to the rule of law and the protections of our system of justice are critical aspects of our response to such a tragedy. They are the foundation for the values we hold dear. Those values are undermined when anyone thoughtlessly disparages our constitutional structure and the hard-working people who diligently uphold our laws.

Our constitution and the rule of law help to make our country fair and just, and they have long been a model for people around the world. No cowardly act of terrorism should divert our focus on maintaining and supporting the constitutional principles on which our justice system is based.

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