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U.S. Military Lawyers Challenge Terror Trial Rules

Foreign terrorism suspects prosecuted in U.S. military trials must have the right to appeal to civilian courts and not be forced to put their fate solely in the hands of legal machinery created by the Pentagon, military defense lawyers told the Supreme Court on Wednesday. The five lawyers, who made the argument in a friend-of-the-court brief to the U.S. high court, are military officers assigned by the Defense Department to defend prisoners held at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. “The government’s argument in this case has no logical stopping point,” the brief stated. “If there is no right to civilian review, the government is free to conduct sham trials and condemn to death those who do nothing more than pray to Allah.” Full Story

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