by Max Brantley
Capt. David Iglesias, a Navy lawyer who leads a team prosecuting war crimes and terrorism cases at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will speak at the UALR Law School at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Arnold Lecture series. He's to talk about military commissions' work.
The UALR news release doesn't mention it, but Iglesias has a local tie of a sort. He and Bud Cummins of Little Rock were among the eight U.S. attorneys fired by the Bush administration in a political purge. Iglesias' case was one of the most egregious because it was linked to Republican complaints that he hadn't aggressively gone after some Democratic politicians while he served in New Mexico. Cummins was fired for spurious reasons to make way for Karl Rove protege Tim Griffin to get his job. It set off a controversy that cost Griffin the appointment, but Griffin's loss of the hoped-for political launching pad didn't deter his ultimate rise to Congress from the 2nd District. Iglesias has spoken on that subject before, calling Griffin "fundamentally unqualified."
Capt. David C. Iglesias, JAGC, U.S. Navy, who served as partial inspiration from the hit film “A Few Good Men,” will speak at the upcoming Arnold Lecture planned for 4:30 p.m. April 26 in the Friday Courtroom at the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law.
Iglesias will discuss “U.S. Military Commissions, Past, Present and Future.” The current team leader and spokesman with the Office of Military Commissions prosecutes Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, war crimes and terrorism cases.
The Arnold Lecture was established by the Bowen School of Law to honor Judge Richard S. Arnold and Judge Morris S. Arnold. Iglesias will be the third lecturer in this series. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia delivered the inaugural lecture in 2004, and Justice Clarence Thomas was the Arnold Lecturer in 2006.
Born in Panama to tri-lingual, tri-cultural missionary parents, Iglesias graduated from public high school in Santa Fe, N.M., from Wheaton College in 1980 and the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1984. He served as the served U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico between 2001 and 2007. Iglesias’ career has been diverse; he has also been a U.S. Navy JAG Officer, White House Fellow, state prosecutor, Military Commissions terrorism prosecutor and spokesman, military law instructor, civil rights defense attorney, political candidate, and criminal defense attorney who represented legendary Navy SEAL Dick Marcinko.