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Covington Partner Reveals Resignation After Revealing Press Conference

Posted Jul 21, 2008 6:12 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A partner at Covington & Burling who appeared at a press conference in his underwear has resigned from the law firm.

David Remes took off his pants at a news conference in Yemen to illustrate the humiliating strip searches endured by his Guantanamo Bay clients. Remes represents 15 Yemeni detainees.

Remes said in a statement that he had informed the law firm of his intent to resign in May—which is well before the press conference. The resignation takes effect at the end of this month, reports The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times. “My departure is the inevitable outcome of my human rights work at the firm in the past four years, which became a consuming passion,” he said in a statement.

Last week Remes commented on the reaction to the press conference in an interview with the Wall Street Journal Law Blog. “ The reaction to what I did makes me very sad,” he said. “I wish people paid as much attention to the suffering and torment in Guantanamo as they paid to the way I sought to dramatize it.”

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