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Letter from Ronald Sokol to Daniel Meador, Friday, January 21, 1977

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Dear Dan:

I have been dreadfully negligent in writing, and I suppose [it?]
is part of the price of my re-emergence into the active practice [.?]

Let me say first that I long ago received the five Magna [Carta ?]
for which I was most grateful. Your essay was extensively cited [in an?]
article that I read, you will be amused to learn, just the other [day?]
called, “Habeas Corpus and Due Process from Warren to Burger” [in an?]
issute of’ the Baylor Law Review. I suppose the stimulus for [?]
was that I have been finding myself recently called upon to act [in the?]
last area I ever imagined I’d be involved in over here — [criminal law.?]
Of course it is international criminal law but that only makes [it?]
more interesting. I have had three international criminal law [cases in?]
the last ten months.

Next, I must thank you for showing me the light, [political ?]
about Carter. I found voting in this past election more difficult [than?]
usual, but I finally opted for Carter, although no one else I know [seems?]
to have voted for him. You were well informed about him and [?]
I think our brief discussion was instrumental in my decision.

Professor Daniel J. Meador   – 2 –  21 January 1977

As for the quality of his appointments which you were [optimistic?]
about in your letter in November, I just don’t know that [they have?]
materialised. I feel mostly out of touch with these matters. [The one?]
I was most enthusiastic about, Ted Sorensen, just ended, [according to?]
today’s papers by his withdrawal from consideration.

I have not forgotten your interest in the French [Nation?]
Judges. It seems to have originated in the ordonnance [?]
which created a National Center of Judicial Studies (Centre Nationale?]
judiciaires) and the name was changed by law N° [70-613 of 10 July ?]
substituting for the former name the new name of [National School of?]
Magistracy (Ecole nationale de la Magistrature). Of course it [was?]
nice to have some practical information about this establishment. [I?]
have it well in mind and when the occasions arises, which I’m [sure?]
I’ll try to glean what I can. The magistrature does not seem to [have the?]
kind of independence here that it has in the States. It is [essentially?]
part of the civil service, and a judge is apt to be about as [independent as?]
would be a prudent member of our foreign service. Promotion is [not?]
far removed from his thoughts, and being relegated to the wilds [?]
is probably the equivalent of an assignment in Uganda.

I look forward to seeing the book that finally emerges from [all of your?]
research endeavors and ruminations, but the question, “What is [?” ?]
may be like “What is wisdom?” I envy your courage in attacking [?]

Of course I shall hope for a visit should you get to France [?]
There is some slight chance that I’ll come to Charlottesville [this ?]
but our Summer plans are not yet certain.

With best wishes for the New Year, I remain

As ever,

Ronald Sokol

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