Berkeley CSUA MOTD:Entry 46112
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2018/07/17 [General] UID:1000 Activity:popular
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2007/3/27-29 [Politics/Domestic/Crime, Politics/Domestic/President/Bush] UID:46112 Activity:nil
3/26    Bush's kangaroo court gets its first "conviction":
        http://www.csua.org/u/ibj (SF Gate)
        \_ "Under the evolving rules of the Military Commissions Act
            passed by Congress in September..." i.e. after five years
           we're still making it up as we go along.
           "civilian criminal defense lawyer Joshua Dratel was barred
            from participating because he refused to promise to adhere
            to procedural rules that have yet to be defined.
            Kohlmann also declined to approve a second civilian lawyer,
            Rebecca Snyder, on the grounds that commission rules allow
            civilians only if their representation incurs no expense to
            the U.S. government. Snyder is a Pentagon employee." Awesome.
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Long-haired David Hicks sits with his defense counsel in ... After a day of legal wrangling, David Hicks, a 31-year-old Muslim convert and soldier of fortune, told the military judge in a specially reconvened nighttime session that he had aided a terror group. Hicks showed little emotion at the prospect of potentially leaving Guantanamo after more than five years in military detention. Ralph Kohlmann, is expected to hear the details of what Hicks has admitted to this afternoon, and the full 10-member military commission could gather here by the end of the week to determine a sentence, said Maj Beth Kubala, spokeswoman for the military tribunals. While she proclaimed herself a neutral party in the Pentagon's newly reconstituted war-crimes process, Kubala said Monday's proceedings demonstrated that "this is a process that is transparent, legitimate and moving forward." Hicks was the first detainee to be prosecuted among the nearly 800 men who have been brought here as enemy combatants since January 2002 and the only one charged formally with a war crime. Under the evolving rules of the Military Commissions Act passed by Congress in September, the defense and prosecution can cut a plea bargain as in a civilian court and recommend a negotiated sentence to the tribunal members, who act as both judge and jury in meting out punishment. Hicks changed his mind about entering a plea after more than four hours of pretrial procedures in which his primary defense attorney, Marine Maj Michael Mori, failed to persuade Kohlmann that he needed more time to prepare. Mori was left alone at the defense table with the defendant when civilian criminal defense lawyer Joshua Dratel was barred from participating because he refused to promise to adhere to procedural rules that have yet to be defined. Kohlmann also declined to approve a second civilian lawyer, Rebecca Snyder, on the grounds that commission rules allow civilians only if their representation incurs no expense to the US government. Legal analysts were critical of the opening day of the reconstituted war-crimes tribunal. "These trials are the United States' chance to restore its moral authority and reputation as a leading proponent of the rule of law. Instead, today's antics highlighted the illegitimacy of a hastily crafted process without established precedent or established rules," said Jennifer Daskal, an attorney observing the commissions for Human Rights Watch. Kohlmann had adjourned the arraignment hearing, in which Hicks chose to put off entering a plea until other preliminary matters were decided. But the presiding officer called the tribunal back to order at 8:25 pm, and Hicks pleaded guilty to the part of the charge accusing him of supporting a terrorist organization, although he denied committing any specific violent act.