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Legal News
19 Jan 2009
by Andrew Morgan

[JURIST] Pre-trial hearings for five men detained at Guantanamo Bay as 9/11 conspirators [JURIST news archives] proceeded on Monday despite the Pentagon's chief prosecutor's earlier request [JURIST report] that they be delayed. Army Colonel Stephen Henley [DOD biography, PDF], the presiding judge, questioned Khalid Sheikh Mohammed [BBC profile; JURIST news … [read more]


Legal News
16 Dec 2008
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The Pentagon announced Monday that US Army Col. James Pohl [JURIST news archive], who presided over several court-martial proceedings resulting from the Abu Ghraib prison scandal [JURIST news archive], will be the new chief judge for the US military commissions [JURIST news archive]. Pohl replaces Marine Col. Ralph Kohlmann … [read more]


Legal News
10 Dec 2008
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] Three out of five Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], the self-proclaimed architect of the 9/11 attacks [JURIST report], on Monday postponed their offers to plead guilty to the charges against them after the judge required competency hearings for two … [read more]


Legal News
8 Dec 2008
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] Five Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], the self proclaimed architect of the 9/11 attacks [JURIST report], indicated at a military commission pre-trial hearing on Monday that they wished to plead guilty to the charges against them. The judge, Army … [read more]


Legal News
23 Nov 2008
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] The US military has assigned Army judge Col. Stephen Henley [DOD biography, PDF] to preside over the the war crimes trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], the self proclaimed architect of the 9/11 attacks [JURIST report], according to a Miami Herald report [text]. Henley replaces … [read more]


Legal News
19 Nov 2008
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] Navy defense attorney Cmdr. Suzanne Lachelier was given rare access [Miami Herald report] on Wednesday to Camp Seven [Miami Herald backgrounder], a special Guantanamo camp for alleged al Qaeda members classified as "high-value detainees" at the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] military prison. Lachelier is a defense lawyer for Ramzi … [read more]


Legal News
18 Nov 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

[JURIST] US Marine Col. Ralph Kohlmann [JURIST news archive] announced Monday that his retirement from the post of chief judge of US military commissions [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] will be effective immediately. Kohlmann initially announced his retirement [JURIST report] in September, but said then that it would not be … [read more]


Legal News
29 Oct 2008
by Leslie Schulman

[JURIST] US military judge Col. Ralph Kohlmann [JURIST news archive] ruled Monday that defense attorney Cmdr. Suzanne Lachelier could gain access to Camp 7 [Miami Herald backgrounder], a special camp for alleged al Qaeda members classified as "high-value detainees" at the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] military prison. Lachelier is … [read more]


Legal News
13 Oct 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) released a ruling [text, PDF] Sunday indicating that Guantanamo detainees who represent themselves at trial are not entitled to Internet access and some computer hardware and software to aid in their defense. Military judge Col. Ralph Kohlmann [JURIST news archive] wrote that Khalid … [read more]


Legal News
24 Sep 2008
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] US Marine Col. Ralph Kohlmann [JURIST news archive], chief judge of US military commissions [DOD materials; JURIST news archive], said Tuesday at a pretrial hearing for five suspects in the September 11 attacks [JURIST news archive] that he is scheduled to retire next April. During voir dire, in which … [read more]


Professional Commentary
9 Jun 2008

Sahr MuhammedAlly [Senior Associate, Law and Security Program, Human Rights First]: "An arraignment of a defendant facing the death penalty should be done in accordance with the highest standards of due process, yet the arraignment on June 5th of the five September 11 defendants at Guantanamo Bay was purely political. … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jun 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

[JURIST] The recent dismissal [JURIST report] of the US military judge presiding over the military commission trial of Canadian Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] was not politically motivated, chief Guantanamo judge Marine Col. Ralph H. Kohlmann said Monday. Kohlman said that Col. Peter Brownback was removed … [read more]


Legal News
23 May 2008
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] US military judge Col. Ralph Kohlmann [JURIST news archive] Thursday denied a request by military-appointed defense lawyers to postpone the arraignment of the five Guantanamo Bay detainees charged with plotting the Sept. 11 attacks [JURIST news archives]. The lawyers had asked for more time to mount defenses for their … [read more]


Legal News
15 May 2008
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] US military judge Col. Ralph Kohlmann [JURIST news archive] set June 5 as the tentative date for the military commission's arraignment of the five men charged with plotting the Sept. 11 attacks [JURIST news archive] in an email to military defense attorneys Wednesday. The group, held at Guantanamo Bay … [read more]


Professional Commentary
2 May 2008

Aleksandar Momirov [Lecturer, Erasmus University of Rotterdam]: "If the recent acquittal of Ramush Haradinaj by the Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) had all the characteristics of a judicial earthquake, then it is only fair to say that the subsequent Appeals Chamber's Judgment in … [read more]


Legal News
27 Mar 2007
by Holly Manges Jones

[JURIST] Australian Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archive] may be sentenced this week after pleading guilty [JURIST report] Monday to a charge of supporting terrorism [JURIST report] and could return home to serve his sentence by the end of the year, according to US military officials. Col. Ralph … [read more]


Legal News
26 Mar 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] Australian Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archive] pleaded guilty to a charge of supporting terrorism [JURIST report] at an appearance before a US military commission Monday after the presiding judge unexpectedly disqualified two of his three lawyers. Judge Colonel Ralph Kohlmann barred civilian lawyer Joshua Dratel [firm … [read more]

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