Over the past week or so I have watched with interest the Iranian Election
Results and the aftermath. Many people in Iran and around the world believe
that at a minimum there was irregularity in the voting results. Most of
these people actually believe the election was outright rigged. As a kid,
I remember the American Hostages being held in Tehran when Jimmy Carter
was president. I also remember the Shah of Iran coming to San Antonio
after he had been overthrown by the revolution, to get medical treatment
at Wilford Hall Medical Center that was about a mile from my house. I
took a Middle East History class in college so the subject has always
Last week, while in Dallas I had a conversation regarding this subject
with a cab driver from Iran while on the way to the airport. I posed to
him the question whether it was possible that
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had actually won. Isn't it possible that leaders like Ahmadinejad
and Hugo Chavez of Venezuela have the support of masses? Isn't it
possible that just because we don't agree with the policies of our
adversaries that the people of those countries do? The cab driver didn't
seem to think so. He believes that the election was stolen and that Mousavi
is the true winner. He's probably right but I doubt that will change
anything. In countries ruled by oppressive regimes, there are no recounts.
What is happening in Iran is in such stark contrast to our way of life
here in the United States. Think back to the 2000 election and the hanging
chads in Florida. When all the votes across the United States were counted
Al Gore had more of the popular vote. Would Florida and its electoral
college go to George W. Bush or Gore? The Supreme Court decided that the
victory was W's. The American public accepted it and moved on. No
one was beaten down in the street and killed. The rule of law prevailed.
We go to court everyday and are faced with an adversary. As a
Houston Criminal Lawyer, I represent the accused. When we have a disagreement with an Assistant
District Attorney we are not dragged out into the street and beaten. When
I don't agree with the evidence being presented, I stand up and object.
If I don't agree with a ruling from the Judge, I respectfully disagree
and make sure that my objection and the legal basis for it are preserved
on the record. As a
Houston Criminal Defense Attorney, I am proud to have an opportunity everyday to practice law and ensure
that my clients rights are protected. I am not the kind of person that
wears an American flag shirt, but I am extremely proud to be an American.
Situations like the one in Iran are a vivid reminder of this.