By Megan Woolhouse
Globe Staff / May 24, 2008
NEWTON - With protesters gathered outside Boston College Law School, US Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey urged graduates yesterday not to shy away from difficult choices, including ones that challenge their ethics or lead to "relentless public criticism." more stories like this "If you do your job well, there will be times when you will have to advise clients that the law prohibits them from doing things that they want to do . . . [or] the right thing to do," Mukasey said. "And there will be times when you will have to advise clients that the law permits them to take actions that you may find imprudent or even wrong." Mukasey has sparked controversy by not taking any action in the national debate over what constitutes torture. At his confirmation hearings last fall, Mukasey refused to say whether he thought waterboarding, a simulated drowning technique the CIA has used, is legal.
Yesterday, 25 people wore orange prison jumpsuits to protest his speech and what they described as a US policy that condones torture. Christina Abbey, who wore a black hood over her head like those worn by some detainees during interrogations, said she felt deeply disturbed that the Jesuit college would invite Mukasey to be the keynote speaker at its graduation.
Mukasey said graduates should enter the workforce willing to separate their political views from their legal opinions.
Mukasey, a Yale Law School graduate, urged students yesterday to make decisions using "dispassionate and reasoned analysis." "You must do law even - you must do law especially - when the stakes are high and the pressures to do something else are tremendous," he said.