On Tuesday, 9/11 plotter Khalid Sheikh Mohammed petitioned the D.C. Circuit for a writ of mandamus, asking that his trial by military commission be halted until the Court of Military Commissions Review appoints a panel to address contested issues in his case. The full document is below.
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