Judge Royce Lamberth of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that military commission Judge Vance Spath lacked authority to hold Chief Defense Counsel John Baker in contempt for disobeying an order last year. The full decision is below.
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The Court of Military Commissions Review says it lacks a quorum to decide on motions in U.S. v. Khalid Shaikh Mohammad.
The al-Nashiri case is a perfect microcosm of the sorry state of the Guantanamo military commissions today.
The military commission for the alleged perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks held open hearings earlier this month, where they considered a number of matters—including several motions to dismiss for unlawful influence.
The American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security released the following report summarizing the results of a Dec. 7 workshop at George Washington University Law School on reforming the military commissions at Guantanamo Bay.
Military Judge Col. James Pohl denied Mustafa al-Hawsawi’s motion to dismiss all charges against him for lack of personal jurisdiction.
The Military Commissions Trial Judiciary at Guantanamo Bay issued the following ruling on a defense motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction for absence of hostilities. Military Judge Col. James Pohl denied the motion.
After a long break, the military commission for accused al-Qaeda commander Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi reconvened to debate motions relating to defense resources and treatment of the accused.
Senior Defense Department officials and the recently removed convening authority and legal adviser have all filed statements explaining recent leadership changes at the military commissions.
Last Week at the Military Commissions, Feb. 26-Mar. 2: Judge in 9/11 Case Seeks Answers on Convening Authority Firing
A week of hearings in the 9/11 case may finally provide an explanation as to why the convening authority for the military commissions was suddenly removed earlier in February.