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Oral history interview with A. Raymond Randolph [electronic resource], 2013.

Creator: Randolph, A. Raymond, 1943-
Project: Rule of law oral history project
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Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note

Senior Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Scope and Contents

Born: November 1, 1943, Riverside, NJ. Education: B.S., Drexel University; J.D., University of Pennsylvania. Career: Lawyer, private practice; Law Professor, Georgetown University Law Center, George Mason School of Law; Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; Chairman, Committee on Codes of Conduct. Reminiscences: early childhood and wrestling team at Drexel University; law professors at Pennsylvania University; clerkship with Henry Friendly; Solicitor General's Office from 1970s to present; cases argued in front of the Supreme Court; relationship with Jack Miller, John Cassidy, Ted and Barbara Olson; personal experience of September 11 attacks. Discussions: character and careers of Henry Friendly, Learned Hand, Robert Bork; Richard Nixon administration; Watergate prosecutions and persons involved; Alger Hiss and the Woodstock Typewriter case; origin and application of habeas corpus; 1979 Iranian Revolution and Iran-Contra affair; concept of originalism; wife Eileen O'Connor's appointment as Assistant Attorney General for Tax; initial response and understating of Guantánamo Bay Detention Center; detention in the War on Terror; Abu Ghraib photographs; oral argument in the Supreme Court; application of Geneva Convention to Guantánamo Bay detainees; 2010 “Guantánamo Mess” address at The Heritage Foundation; Guantánamo Bay Uighur cases. Cases discussed: The Naked Flyers Case (1995), Rasul v. Bush (2004), Hamdi v. Rumsfeld (2004), Hamdan v. Rumsfeld (2006), Boumediene v. Bush (2008), Johnson v. Eisentrager (1950).


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