29 Touro L. Rev. 1 (2012-2013)

handle is hein.journals/touro29 and id is 1 raw text is: INTRODUCTION:
PERSECUTION THROUGH PROSECUTION: REVISITING
TOURO LAW CENTER'S CONFERENCE IN PARIS ON THE
ALFRED DREYFUS AFFAIR AND THE LEO FRANK TRIAL
Rodger D. Citron*
In July 2011, Touro Law Center hosted a three-day confe-
rence on the Alfred Dreyfus affair and Leo Frank trial in Paris,
France. The conference was held at a number of historical sites in
Paris-including the tcole Militaire, France's Royal Military Acad-
emy; the French Senate; and the Cour de Cassation, the highest court
in the French judiciary-and featured many prominent speakers.1
The theme of the conference, developed by the Honorable Sol
Wachtler, was persecution through prosecution. Perhaps no case so
clearly presents that theme as that of Alfred Dreyfus. The Dreyfus
affair began in 1894 when Alfred, a Jewish French officer, was false-
ly charged with treason. He was subsequently convicted on the basis
of flimsy evidence (including forged documents) in a secret court-
Rodger D. Citron is a Professor of Law at Touro Law Center. He is a graduate of Yale
College and Yale Law School. He was a law clerk for the Honorable Thomas N. O'Neill Jr.
of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He thanks Law-
rence Raful, Linda Howard Weissman, and Beth Mobley for their support and assistance in
connection with the conference.
Among the speakers were Charles Dreyfus, grandson of Alfred Dreyfus; Steven Erlan-
ger, Paris bureau chief of The New York Times; Steve Oney, author of AND THE DEAD SHALL
RISE: THE MURDER OF MARY PHAGAN AND THE LYNCHING OF LEO FRANK (2004); Simone
Rodan-Benzaquen, Paris representative for the American Jewish Committee (AJC); Franqois
Zimeray, French Ambassador for Human Rights; Martine Le Blond-Zola, great granddaugh-
ter of Emile Zola; Charles J. Hynes, Brooklyn District Attorney; Bishop Francis Deniau, Bi-
shop of Nevers; Theo Klein. founding president of the European Jewish Congress; and Sa-
muel Pisar, international lawyer, author, and advocate. The conference was co-sponsored by
the AJC, the Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions (CRIF) and SciencesPo,
and received the high patronage of Mr. Nicolas Sarkozy, then President of the French Re-
public. SNCF, the French National Railway Corporation, provided generous support for the
conference. Vincent Duclert, an associate professor of history at the Ecole des Hautes
Etudes, provided substantial advice and assistance to the Conference Organizing Committee,
which included the Honorable Sol Wachtler, Dean Emeritus Howard Glickstein, Associate
Dean Linda Howard Weissman, and Professor Rodger Citron.

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