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Lawyers for Military Terrorism Tribunals Named

The Pentagon on Thursday announced the appointment of the chief prosecutor and lead defense attorney for trials of suspects seized in the U.S. war on terrorism in a signal that some Guantanamo Bay prisoners could soon appear before military commissions. Army Col. Frederic Borch III has been named acting chief prosecutor and Air Force Col. Will Gunn has been designated as acting chief defense counsel, Pentagon officials said. Borch and Gunn were scheduled to brief reporters later on Thursday. The Defense Department also said it will begin accepting applications from civilian lawyers interested in representing defendants alongside military defense lawyers assigned by the Defense Department. The department will create a pool of “eligible” civilian lawyers, who must be U.S. citizens, agree in writing to numerous conditions set by the Pentagon, and be able to obtain a U.S. security clearance. Full Story

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