Sarah Grant

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Sarah Grant is a student at Harvard Law School and previously spent five years on active duty in the Marine Corps. She holds an MPhil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge and a BS in International Relations from the United States Naval Academy. The views expressed here are her own and do not reflect those of the Department of Defense, the Marine Corps, or any other agency of the United States Government.

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Military Commissions

Last Week at the Military Commissions: 9/11 Commission Debates Who Gets to Determine When Hostilities Began

The military commission in United States v. Khalid Shaikh Mohammad, et al. (i.e., the 9/11 military commission) reconvened from April 29 to May 2. The parties discussed conflict of interest concerns, the disclosure of classified documents, and how to approach the determination of whether or not there is an armed conflict, among other issues.

Federal Law Enforcement

What Mueller Found on Russia and on Obstruction: A First Analysis

Mueller did not find a criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia, and he did not conclude that President Trump had obstructed justice. But he did not exonerate the president either. 

Military Commissions

Summary: D.C. Circuit Vacates Military Judge’s Rulings in Al-Nashiri

The Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit granted the Guantanamo detainee’s petition for a writ of mandamus and vacated all orders issued by former military judge Col. Vance Spath during a 28-month period on account of Spath’s failure to disqualify himself due to an apparent conflict of interest.