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News ::
vs Bush feb 20 (english)
18 Feb 2003
Federal Judge in Boston to Hear Lawsuit
Challenging President's Authority to Invade
Iraq without Congressional War Declaration

WHERE: US Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Way, Boston

WHEN: 10 AM, Thursday, February 20, 2003


Below please find a press advisory for our
court hearing Thursday February 20 at 10:00
a.m. at the US Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Way on
the legal challenge seeking to prevent Bush
from invading Iraq absent a Congressional
declaration of war. Charley Richardson and
Nancy Lessin from Jamaica Plain (who have a
son/stepson in the Marines in the Persian Gulf)
are among the plaintiffs in this federal
lawsuit.

We are hoping to fill the courthouse with
supporters, and also to have an overflow crowd
outside the courthouse supporting this legal
challenge. The hearing is expected to go from
10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The courthouse is the new
Joseph Moakley Courthouse on the waterfront not
far from the New England Aquarium. We expect
both national and local press to be covering
this event.

For more information on this lawsuit, go to the
Military Families Speak Out website
http://www.mfso.org

In Peace and Solidarity,
Nancy Lessin and Charley Richardson

MEDIA ADVISORY CONTACT: Trevor Fitzgibbon

FOR FEB.20, 2003 (202) 246-5303; John Bonifaz
(617) 524-2675 or
(617) 529-4611 (cell)

Federal Judge in Boston to Hear Lawsuit
Challenging President's Authority to Invade
Iraq without Congressional War Declaration

US SOLDIERS, PARENTS OF US SOLDIERS, AND
MEMBERS OF CONGRESS SUED GEORGE W. BUSH TO
PREVENT WAR WITHOUT CONSTITUTIONAL PROCESS

The U.S. soldiers, parents of U.S. soldiers,
and Members of Congress who filed a lawsuit
last week in federal court in Boston
challenging President George W. Bush's
authority to wage war against Iraq will have
their day in court. The lawsuit seeks to
prevent the President from launching a military
invasion of Iraq, absent a congressional
declaration of war. U.S. Representatives John
Conyers and Dennis Kucinich are leading the
Members of Congress who are serving as
plaintiffs.

"A war against Iraq without a congressional
declaration of war will be illegal and
unconstitutional," says John Bonifaz, the
plaintiffs' lead attorney. "It is time for the
courts to intervene."

The plaintiffs filed a motion for a preliminary
injunction along with their complaint. The
motion sought an immediate hearing on their
request that the President be barred from
launching a military invasion against Iraq
without a congressional declaration of war.

WHO: John Bonifaz, lawyer for plaintiffs

Charles Richardson, Nancy Lessin &

other plaintiffs

WHAT: Hearing on Plaintiffs' motion for
preliminary injunction, before Judge Joseph Tauro

WHERE: US Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Way, Boston

WHEN: 10 AM, Thursday, February 20, 2003
_____________________________________
Lawyers and plaintiffs will be available for
interviews outside the courthouse immediately
after the hearing.
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