Andrew K. Woods has a short piece on Slate
titled “The YouTube Defense: Human Rights Go Viral
” where he argues that judicial decisions, from Brown v. Board of Education to recent rulings on Guantanamo detainees, have always used public opinion as a bellwether, despite claims of strict fidelity to established law. Realizing this, lawyers for one Gitmo inmate, Adel Hamad
—who Mr. Woods identifies as a Sudanese school teacher—have posted a video
on YouTube outlining the paucity of evidence supporting to his detainment. After 70,000 viewings, the U.S. government has placed Hamad on a list of detainees to be released.