In case you missed it, Fox News is out with another damning report of Scott Wallace’s shady past. This latest article focuses on Scott’s legal career opposing crackdowns on violent criminals, drug lords, and alleged terrorists, including Wallace funding his alma mater’s efforts to provide legal representation to Guantanamo Bay detainees just after 9/11. Excerpts are below and you can read the full story here.
Top Dem House hopeful funded Gitmo detainees’ legal help ‘just after 9/11’
Scott Wallace, a liberal millionaire candidate running for Congress in Pennsylvania, funded legal representation to Guantanamo Bay detainees “just after 9/11” – and has a history opposing laws that protect victims of sexual abuse, according to op-eds and interviews dating back to the 1990s.
“Just after 9/11 many were afraid of the work the Center was doing,” Vince Warren, the executive director of the group, told Wallace’s alma mater’s Haverford Magazine in 2009, adding that funding the center’s work was difficult. “And yet H. Scott Wallace ’73 of the Wallace Global Fund, stepped up and helped.”
The center’s work funded by Wallace, whose candidacy the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) added to the committee’s “Red to Blue” program,” was pivotal in representing prisoners before the Supreme Court in 2007. The court ruled the next year that prisoners in the Guantanamo Bay have a constitutional right to habeas corpus.
The landmark ruling led to the release of 17 members of the Uighur Muslim minority who were detained in the prison for nearly seven years. The Department of Justice protested the ruling at the time, arguing that the individuals were dangerous, but stopped at declaring them enemy combatants after the ruling.
Wallace, who was the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ acting executive director and legislative director between 1985 and 1992, has also come out against a number of bills related to tackling sexual harassment and protecting victims of sexual abuse.
In 1993, Wallace criticized a bipartisan crime bill passed by the U.S. Senate that gave more funding to police and mandated minimum sentences for violent crime and other crimes such as sexual harassment and firearms offenses, saying they were “controversial.”