American human rights lawyer Ramsey Clark passed away (93). The attorney, as Secretary of Justice, enacted a number of important laws against racial discrimination under President Johnson. Later in his life he became known as a legal advisor to controversial dictators and anti-American states.
The man from Texas, who came from a well-known political family, said that everyone deserves the same rights and the best legal support. His father served as Minister of Justice under President Truman after the war and chief justice of the Supreme Court. He relinquished this position when his son began his career in the Ministry of Justice. This is to prevent potential conflicts of interest.
Clark was firmly committed to equality and civil rights and helped implement the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act, laws that prohibit various forms of racial inequality and discrimination. Among other things, segregation in education and public housing has become impossible.
After his cabinet, Clark continued his work as an international attorney. He is a vocal critic of US interventions abroad, advising and defending controversial leaders such as the Libyan leader Gaddafi, the Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, and the Liberian President Charles Taylor.
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