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Meet The American Lawyer Working Inside Afghanistan's Tricky Legal System


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CarrieSIC
- 487 days ago - vanityfair.com
Kimberly Motley, who hails from Milwaukee, is the daughter of a North Korean mother and an African American father. This unusual pedigree--and the way it shapes her features and her outlook--has served her very well in Afghanistan.



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Roger Garin-michaud (105)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 3:54 pm
noted, thanks
 

Linda Moore (229)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 6:32 pm
Thank you Kim, for bringing attention to this REMARKABLE woman!!! She needs help (and a day off) and any defense attorney with brass ones might want to lend her a hand!!!
 

Jason S. (57)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 7:02 pm
Good posting, thanks
 

Joanne Dixon (40)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 10:03 pm
What a gal! (I loved the sentence "The criminal set seems to fit in well there.")
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 2:09 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Siti R. (12)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 2:26 am
thanks for posting.. we learn something everyday!
 

Helen Porter (40)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 2:30 am
What a challenge!

What a woman!
 

Jonathan Harper (0)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 4:21 am
noted
 

Gene Jacobson (256)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 10:04 am
"To the male-dominated Afghan court and prison establishment, she must appear to be someone from outer space. She acknowledges this but declares that she gets respect. “I get compliments from judges,” she tells me. “They say, ‘We’re so proud of you, here in our courts and fighting in our system.” She has proven to be a very effective and tenacious fighter."

I admire her courage, but I fear for her life. If not now, when the last coalition soldier leaves and the Taliban takes control again, her business will be gone. The Taliban do not allow women professionals to practice their professions, not even medical doctors, and the religious police ensure every woman is encased, head to toe, in clothing. If she does not comply, perhaps even if she does, she will be killed. I hope she leaves before that happens and I really wish she'd reconsider not having a bodyguard with her - though in truth, in Afghanistan, they are as likely to turn on their employer as anyone with a little encouragement from the Taliban.
 

Jamie Clemons (283)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 1:34 pm
"Her first client... had allegedly been caught at the Kabul airport smuggling out heroin in protein-powder cans. Next came a South African on a murder rap. Other clients were accused of fraud, bribery, proselytization, even terrorism. By her count she gets 90 percent of these people off." Wonderful lady we should congratulate her on her mafia like qualifications. I bet she got a lot of American GI rapist and murderers of civilians off too. Did anyone actually read the article?

 

Birgit W. (150)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 2:07 pm
Very brave woman. Thanks.
 

CarrieSICK B. (315)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 4:55 pm
So Jamie, you are assuming all of these people were guilty?
 

GGmaSheila D. (170)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 7:30 pm
Strong woman deserving of our respect. Would any one of us go there do what she does every day and still be alive, let alone respected by Afghans? Like Gene, I am concerned for her when, not if, the Taliban returns. Maybe she should go to India and do her thing. Thank you Carrie.
 

GGmaSheila D. (170)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 7:30 pm
Strong woman deserving of our respect. Would any one of us go there do what she does every day and still be alive, let alone respected by Afghans? Like Gene, I am concerned for her when, not if, the Taliban returns. Maybe she should go to India and do her thing. Thank you Carrie.
 

Sergio Padilla (62)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 7:33 pm
Cool!
 
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