October 25, 2011

Defenders want accused Cole bomber's jury told if acquittal equals freedom

In the war on terror detention system the Bush and Obama administrations built, a captive can be executed if he¡¯s convicted of a capital crime and kept forever if he¡¯s acquitted. And defense attorneys for the next alleged terrorist to be tried at Guant¨¢namo want jurors told this from the start. Lawyers for Saudi-born captive Abd al Rahim al Nashiri made the request of the military commissions chief judge, Army Col. James Pohl, in a motion filed last week. The Pentagon unsealed it, uncensored, late Monday.

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