THERE ARE MANY INDIVIDUALS AND ENTITIES WITHIN THE CHAIN OF COMMAND IN THE U.S. GOVERNMENT WHO HAVE THE ABILITY TO USE THEIR DISCRETION AND TO RELEASE HIM.

What are the greater implications of someone with wealth and status and legal cushion, like 21, being detained like this? Should this be causing alarm?
It should be causing alarm when this happens to anybody, but the public can relate [21] to it. Until it affects you directly, or a family member of yours directly, it’s one of those things that for many people is out of sight, out of mind. But because he’s so beloved by his fan base and because the media is playing attention to this, people who don’t even have a direct connection to him feel like he feels right now.

So they have empathy and sympathy, and they’re overcome with a sense of a need for justice. What we want to be able to do, hopefully, is make it so that people feel that way about everybody that gets mistreated by the system. That’s my hope.

When he wins his freedom, we shouldn’t be so quick to forget about it. That’s the thing that I think people don’t fully appreciate. Our attention span is way, way too short for the suffering that people go through. I represented somebody named Pedro Hernandez. If you don’t know the case you should check it out. When he was released and we won, I think that everybody thought about it for a day—which is a long time, more than most people. But that kind of pain and suffering that people feel after they’ve been caged, doesn’t [go away] for years and years and years. That would be the thing that I would impress upon anybody who [asks], “How can we care about this differently, or more?”