From Rene González’s Blog
At the beginning of 2009 the case of the Cuban Five was presented to the Supreme Court, after the appellate court of the 11th Circuit failed to deliver justice. To represent us we resorted to Tom Goldstein, a young and prestigious lawyer, with an extensive rate of successes before that judicial body, on which he had specialized.
Tom Goldstein, who could be considered an “ace” on the Supreme Court, added another advantage to the defense: As a legal commentator for CNN, specialized on cases before the highest tribunal, he offered us the hope that at last the wall of media silence would be broken. At least that was what he, with all logic, expected.
Don’t get your expectations too high –some warned him with caution and better knowledge of cause- this case is no equal to any other and the press won’t be so easily inclined to cover it.
But Tom didn’t dismayed and did a great job. His legal briefing for the Court was impeccable. He enlisted the support of numerous organizations of lawyers, both international and American, parliaments, personalities from all over the world and 10 Nobel Prize winners. American lawyers drafted in their representation twelve “Amicus Curiae”, or “Friends of the Court”, a legal instrument which allows third parties, interested in justice, to ask the panel to review the case.
With all of it ready the attorney called a press conference. Nobody attended. Not even CNN, which employed him as a commentator, made him the favor of covering his appeal.
On June 15 2009 the Supreme Court, with no explanation given, dismissed the case of the Cuban Five. Nobody in the United States learned that the door had been closed on a case which produced a record number of Amicus Cureae in the history of American jurisprudence.
The signers of the Amicus are listed below, with the links to the twelve original documents:
LIST OF ORGANIZATIONS AND PRESONALITIES WHO SIGNED THE “AMICUS CUREAE” PRESENTED TO THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES, ASKING FOR THE CASE OF THE CUBAN FIVE TO BE HEARD:
THE CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL POLICY (CIP); THE COUNCIL ON HEMISPHERIC AFFAIRS (COHA) Amicus brief of Center for International Policy and the Council on Hemispheric Affairs
NELSON P. VALDÉS, GUILLERMO GRENIER, FÉLIX MASUD-PILOTO, JOSÉ A. COBAS, LOURDES ARGUELLES, RUBÉN G.RUMBAUT, LOUIS PÉREZ Amicus brief of Cuban-American Scholars, et al.
FLORIDA ASSOCIATION OF CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYERS –MIAMI CHAPTER Amicus brief of Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers-Miami Chapter
THE CIVIL RIGHTS CLINIC AT HOWARD UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW: Amicus brief of The Civil Rights Clinic at Howard University School of Law
INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DEMOCRATIC LAWYERS, AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF JURISTS, INDIAN ASSOCIATION OF LAWYERS, DROIT SOLIDARITE, THE HALDANE SOCIETY, ITALIAN ASSOCIATION OF DEMOCRATIC LAWYERS, JAPANESE LAWYERS INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY ASSOCIATION, THE NATIONAL UNION OF PEOPLES’ LAWYERS OF THE PHILIPPINES, PORTUGUESE ASSOCIATION OF DEMOCRATIC LAWYERS, PROGRESS LAWYERS NETWORK OF BELGIUM: Amicus brief of International Association of Democratic Lawyers, et al.
THE IBERO-AMERICAN FEDERATION OF OMBUDSMAN; THE ORDER OF ATTORNEYS OF BRAZIL; THE BELGIUM BAR ASSOCIATIONS; THE BERLIN BAR ASSOCIATION; THE COMMITTEE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS OF THE TUGUESE BAR ASSOCIATION; THE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION FOR HUMAN IGHTS; FEDERICO MAYOR ZARAGOZA (DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF UNESCO 1987-1999); JUDGE JUAN GUZMÁN TAPIA OF CHILE; HUMAN RIGHTS, RELIGIOUS AND LEGAL ORGANIZATIONS, LAW PROFESSORS AND LAWYERS FROM ARGENTINA, CHILE, COLUMBIA, ECUADOR, GERMANY, JAPAN, MEXICO, PANAMA, PORTUGAL, SPAIN AND UNITED KINGDOM:Amicus brief of Ibero-American Federation of Ombudsmen, et al.
THE SENATE OF THE UNITED MEXICAN STATES, THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF PANAMA, MARY ROBINSON (UNITED NATIONS HIGHCOMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS, 1997-2002; PRESIDENT OF IRELAND, 1992-1997) LEGISLATORS FROM THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNTRIES OF BRAZIL, BELGIUM, CHILE, GERMANY, IRELAND, JAPAN, MEXICO, SCOTLAND ANDTHE UNITED KINGDOM:Amicus brief of Senate of the United Mexican States, et al.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYERS: Amicus brief of National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
NATIONAL JURY PROJECT: Amicus brief of National Jury Project
NATIONAL LAWYERS GUILD, NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF BLACK LAWYERS: Amicus brief of National Lawyers Guild and National Conference of Black Lawyers
PREMIOS NOBEL JOSE RAMOSHORTA, WOLE SOYINKA, ADOLFO PEREZ ESQUIVEL, NADINE GORDIMER, RIGOBERTA MENCHU, JOSE SARAMAGO, ZHORES ALFEROV, DARIO FO, GUNTER GRASS, MAIREAD CORRIGAN: Amicus brief of Nobel Prize winners Jose Ramoshorta, Wole Soyinka, Adolfo Perez Esquivel, Nadine Gordimer, Rigoberta Menchu, Jose Saramago, Zhores Alferov, Dario Fo, Gunter Grass, and Mairead Corrigan Maguire
WILLIAM C. VELASQUES INSTITUTE ; THE MEXICAN AMERICAN POLITICAL ASSOCIATION: Amicus brief of William C. Velsaques Institute and the Mexican American Political Association