Tuesday, February 12, 2008


From McClatchy:

9/11 Guantanamo trials unlikely before Bush leaves office

The U.S. military is scrambling to assemble defense teams for six Guantanamo detainees who are facing the death penalty for their alleged roles in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.

Knowledgeable legal experts, however, said it's unlikely that they can be tried speedily, meaning the cases probably won't be heard before the Bush administration leaves office next January.

"I will move as quickly as I can, but we will take our time and we will not be bullied by the government," said Army Col. Steve David, the chief defense counsel in the Pentagon's Office of Military Commissions....

"Any attempt to do these cases in 2008 would be a mockery," said Joseph Margulies, a professor at the Northwestern University School of Law and a noted death penalty expert. He said that it would take at least a year for lawyers to familiarize themselves with the evidence against the six men....

The career military would feel "bullied" if the trials happen this year? A professor thinks holding the trials this year would be a "mockery" of justice?

Shhhh! Don't say these things! You're going to make Bush even more determined to do this now!

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