Saturday, April 10, 2021
Ramsey Clark, who championed civil rights and liberties as attorney general in the Johnson administration, then devoted much of the rest of his life to defending unpopular causes and infamous people, including Saddam Hussein and others accused of war crimes, died on Friday at his home in Manhattan. He was 93.
He was also one of the most quotable public figures of his generation, many of his pronouncements tending toward aphorism: "The measure of your quality as a public person, as a citizen, is the gap between what you do and what you say." "There are few better measures of the concern a society has for its individual members and its own well being than the way it handles criminals." "A great many people in this country are worried about law-and-order. And a great many people are worried about justice. But one thing is certain: You cannot have either until you have both." "A right is not what someone gives you; it's what no one can take from you."
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