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This Week at the Military Commissions, 10/31 Session: Sturm and Drang in the Al-Nashiri Defense

On Tuesday morning, military judge Col. Vance Spath called to order the military commission in the case of United States v. Al-Nashiri. The 10/31 session primarily addressed the absence of three civilian defense attorneys, including capital learned counsel, for al-Nashiri. Michel Paradis previously discussed the circumstances and implications of their departure on Lawfare.

Case Coverage: Al Nashiri Case

This Week at the Military Commissions, 10/18 Session: Mushrooms and Kangaroos

Hearings continue today at Guantanamo in the USS Cole case. Military judge Air Force Colonel Vance Spath calls the commission to order and quickly informs the lawyers that he has signed the writ of attachment compelling the testimony of Navy Reserve Lieutenant Commander Stephen Gill, who refused to travel to the Mark Center in Virginia to testify by video-link yesterday.

Case Coverage: Military Commissions

This Week at the Military Commissions, 9/9 Session: 1,300 Pounds of Discovery

It’s Friday, we’re wrapping up the first week back in Al Nashiri, and al-Nashiri himself is back in the courtroom. After some characteristically Guantanamo housekeeping—with only one courtroom, Judge Spath has to schedule around the al-Hadi hearings—we get a discovery update from Chief Prosecutor Brigadier General Mark Martins. The government has produced 265,000 pages of discovery.

Case Coverage: Military Commissions

This Week at the Military Commissions, 9/8 Session: The “Kangaroo Lapel Pin” Edition

When you take an 18-month break, it’s unsurprising that you’ll return home to some cobwebs that will need to be swept away. The second of three days of motion hearings in the Nashiri military commission continues where the first left off: with another round of housecleaning focused on establishing the itinerary for the remaining two days.

Case Coverage: Military Commissions

This Week at the Military Commissions, 9/7 Session: The Return of the Prodigal Defendant

And we’re back, after a trifling 18-month delay, a lot of litigation, and a major D.C. Circuit decision: the military commission has reconvened for three days of motions hearings in the case of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, accused of orchestrating the USS Cole bombing. Presiding as military judge is Air Force Colonel Vance Spath, who begins the hearing by asking the prosecution and defense to introduce their respective line-ups before the court. It’s been a while, after all.

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