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US firm Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) has scooped a controversial new client.
San Francisco partner James Brosnahan has been instructed by the parents of John Walker Lindh, the young American who became a Taliban 'holy warrior', to act for their son. The presence of the 20-year-old American among the Taliban's fighters was revealed last week following his capture near Mazar-i-Sharif.
"It is in the highest tradition of the legal profession in general, and this firm in particular, to take on difficult and unpopular cases" Keith Wetmore, Morrison & Foerster
Brosnahan has submitted a request to the US government asking that he and Walker Lindh's parents be granted safe passage to visit his client. Brosnahan has also asked that no charges be filed against Walker Lindh until he has had the opportunity to talk to both the prisoner and the government. It is understood that MoFo chairman Keith Wetmore sent an email to colleagues warning that the new client could garner unfavourable attention for the firm. Acknowledging Walker Lindh's notoriety, he said that the firm should understand that the decision to represent him would be controversial. He added: "It is in the highest tradition of the legal profession in general, and this firm in particular, to take on difficult and unpopular cases."