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Un-American? Founding Father John Adams?

Tuesday, March 9, 2010; A18

Was John Adams, our second president and one of our Founding Fathers, really un-American? Some conservatives would appear to think so ["Conservatives raise ruckus over Justice appointees," news story, March 4]. These conservatives call it "conflicts of interest" to consider judgeships for lawyers who provided legal representation for some detainees at Guantanamo Bay. John Adams had the guts to provide legal counsel for the British soldiers charged with murder in 1770 for the Boston Massacre.

He was proud of that, and who will say he didn't serve his country all his life?

Robin Ziek, Sandy Spring, Md.

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