Remember Lawrence Velvel, the dean of Massachusetts School of Law, and his loudly-announced conference on trying President Bush for war crimes? Well, publicity stunt or no, the conference began today and is soldiering on despite the media and Internet's dismissals.
According to Andover's local newspaper, the "most interesting" guest at this conference (whose guest list also includes representatives from the ACLU) is Vincent Bugliosi, who tried Charles Manson for murder in 1969 and later wrote Helter Skelter about the experience.
Now that's quite a celebrity guest.
The happenings have caught the attention of local lawyers. Peter Cotch, an alumnus of the school and an Andover attorney, seems, well, a bit embarrassed by it all — particularly the initial plan to hold the conference on campus.
"Larry Velvel is certainly entitled to his own political activities and cultural pursuits, but they should not be confused with the mission of the law school, which is to educate lawyers," Cotch said.