US Seeking the Death Penalty in Guantanamo Trials

The New York Times has a piece today by William Glaberson, U.S. Seeking Execution for 6 in Sept. 11 Case, and it quotes Eric Freedman, a law professor at Hofstra, with whom I have spoken, and Tom Fleener, who I interviewed for my project.

There is a debate about whether these are the right cases to test the military commissions system, how much of the trials will consist of secret proceedings and the use of evidence obtained by alleged torture.

“Neither the system is ready, nor are the defense attorneys ready to do a death penalty case in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba,” Major Fleener said.

~ by Ari Kaplan on February 11, 2008.

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