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Al-Nashiri Motions Hearing: February 19 Session

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Your correspondent returns to the Fort Meade CCTV outpost, to take in almost-live broadcasts of the day’s hearing in United States v. Al-Nashiri.  A little after 0900, we learn the answer to an important question, one left hanging on Monday: whether Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri wants Rick Kammen, his civilian death penalty lawyer, to withdraw from the . . .
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12/17 Motions Session #5: AE008

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 3:32 PM

The stage is set for a key defense challenge, AE008.  After a year and a half, its time to debate this enduring docket item. Doing that will be a job for Walter Ruiz, one of Al-Hawsawi’s attorneys. The task: to explain why the pre-referral phase pervasively deprived the defense of any ability to uncover and . . .
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Defense Seeks a Temporary Pause in the 9/11 Case

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Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 2:02 PM

The lawyers’ reason is twofold, apparently: first, a possible lapse in the security of computer networks operated by military commission defense counsel; and second, the disclosure of privileged defense emails to prosecutors by court security personnel.  James Connell III, an attorney for 9/11 accused Ammar al-Baluchi, explained the pause request in a statement released earlier today.   Note that in the statement’s final paragraph, he attributes the continuance order in Al-Nasihiri to similar defense fears, in . . .
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9/11 Case: Defense Lawyers May Visit Detention Facility, Investigate Conditions

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Friday, February 22, 2013 at 9:55 AM

. . . . but only in 12-hour increments, according to The Chicago Tribune.  Judge Pohl’s order (which is not yet available to the public) apparently rejected the defense’s bid for a 48-hour sleepover at Camp Seven.  From the Tribune piece: MIAMI (Reuters) – Lawyers defending the Guantanamo prisoners accused of plotting the September 11 attacks can visit . . .
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Reminder: Hearings in the 9/11 Case Tomorrow

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Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Ben’s analysis of Charlie Savage’s article on the Chief Prosector prompts this reminder: tomorrow at 9 a.m., Lawfare returns to Smallwood Hall for closed-circuit, piped-in-from-GTMO hearings in the 9/11 case.   There are twenty-five items set for oral argument during this week’s four-day session. Obviously, that’s waaay too many to digest in a single preview post.  Instead . . .
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Military Commission Prosecutor’s Filings Regarding 9/11 Conspiracy Charges

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Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 8:39 AM

The Guantánamo military commissions yesterday released—after a security review—a pair of important filings by the Office of the Chief Prosecutor (OCP), regarding the ongoing controversy over the conspiracy charges against the five 9/11 defendants. (For background, see our prior coverage here, here, and here; and Chief Prosecutor Brig. Gen. Mark Martins’s podcast with Ben on the decision . . .
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Appellee Brief in Al-Nashiri v. MacDonald

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Vice Admiral (Retired) Bruce MacDonald, the Convening Authority for the military commissions at Guantanamo Bay, has filed his appellate brief in Al-Nashiri v. MacDonald.  That’s the civilian court lawsuit brought by commission defendant Abd Al Rahim Hussein Al-Nashiri, and now pending before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  (The district court . . .
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Updated Schedule in the 9/11 Case

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 11:01 AM

In October, when our most recent motions hearing concluded in United States v. Mohammed et al., the commission’s plan was to convene its next session from December 3 through December 7. It turns out defense counsel have a scheduling conflict during the first week of December – one which, according to Judge Pohl’s latest docketing . . .
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