Human rights lawyer Jennifer Harbury stood before the Supreme Court Monday to argue her right to sue the governmentfor covering up the murder of her husband, a slain Guatemalan rebel leader, Efrain Bamaca Velazquez. Harbury filedseveral lawsuits against U.S. government agencies and individual officials, charging that they repeatedly lied to herabout what they knew of her husband’s death. Among the officials cited in the case are former Secretary of StateWarren Christopher, former national security adviser Anthony Lake, and five other White House and State Departmentofficials. While a federal judge dismissed her initial case, an appeals court reinstated parts of the suit, leadingthe State Department to seek review by the Supreme Court. That review was heard yesterday.
- Jennifer Harbury, lawyer and human rights activist.