Air Force Col. Vance Spath, the former judge in Guantánamo’s USS Cole death-penalty trial, spent more than half his tenure on the war court bench seeking a job as an immigration judge in the Department of Justice.
Under questioning from a Marine judge, the lawyer for accused 9/11 plot mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed said he had a written, proposed plea deal in the summer of 2017 and had it delivered to the Pentagon official overseeing the war court. Another defense lawyer in the death-penalty case said it subsequently vanished.
Defense lawyers in the 9/11 case arrived at Guantánamo for a week-long pretrial hearing to find a mold infestation in their top-secret work spaces. Health and safety inspectors were on the scene Sunday, Veterans Day.
Prison guards set up a hospital bed inside Guantánamo’s expeditionary war court so a new Marine judge could get through the preliminaries in a pretrial hearing for an alleged al-Qaida commander on painkillers.
A Guantánamo hearing for an Iraqi accused of leading al-Qaida’s army in Afghanistan abruptly ended after the captive, who is recovering from 5 spine surgeries, had back spasms in court, was administered opiates and taken to the prison acute care unit by ambulance.
A military review panel has upheld a ruling by the retiring USS Cole case judge that defense attorneys couldn’t unilaterally quit the case over their perception of an ethical issue, potentially ending an impasse in the Guantánamo war crimes trial.
Hearings in the 9/11 death-penalty trial may be held in the Washington, D.C, area for the first time since the case began, a move some lawyers say would bolster the argument that alleged terrorists are entitled to greater Constitutional protections at Guantánamo trials.
Guantánamo Navy base, whose prison holds the alleged 9/11 terror plotters, marked the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks by lowering flags to half-staff, holding a 9.11K run and chapel service.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai was asked by Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren of San Jose, California, why search results for “idiot” turn up pictures of President Trump. The GOP has accused the tech giant of bias.