Taylor gets new defense team in war crimes trial Michael Sung at 10:54 AM ET
[JURIST] The Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) [official website; JURIST news archive] has obtained a new legal team for former Liberian President Charles Taylor [BBC profile; SCSL case materials], appointing on Tuesday Courtenay Griffiths, QC as lead counsel and Andrew Cayley and Terry Munyard to serve as co-counsels on Taylor's defense team. Taylor, who has boycotted [JURIST report] several trial sessions, has demanded that the SCSL obtain a British Queen's Counsel on his behalf after he fired his court-appointed lawyer before the prosecution presented its opening arguments.
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