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Proposed June 2018 Trial Date for Sept. 11 Case Prompts Concerns of a “Train Wreck”

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The chief prosecutor, Brig. Gen. Mark Martins, believes a June 2018 trial date is realistic. Defense attorneys strongly disagree. Guantanamo…

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Defense Pleads for CIA Evidence, Surveillance Discovery in Sept. 11 Hearing

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James Connell, lead attorney for Ammar al Baluchi, wants information on how the CIA cooperated with the filmmakers of “Zero Dark…

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Guantanamo Bay: A Video Introduction

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About this Lawdragon short documentary “Guantanamo Bay: A Video Introduction” takes viewers inside the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base and Joint Task…

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Attorney’s Injury Bolsters Pleas for More Death Penalty Lawyers on 9/11 Case

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Michael Schwartz (left) and Edwin Perry, attorneys for Walid bin Attash, convinced the judge to postpone oral arguments because the…

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Questions on Black-Site Destruction, Ailing Detainee Conclude 9/11 Hearings for 2016

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Defense lawyers James Connell (left) and Walter Ruiz take questions from reporters at the Camp Justice media center before the…

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Lawyers on Sept. 11 Case Volley Constitution’s Role at Guantanamo

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Alka Pradhan, a civilinan defense attorney for Ammar al Baluchi, speaks at the October session’s concluding press conference, flanked on her…

In this Pentagon-approved sketch by court artist Janet Hamlin, the Sept. 11 accused co-conspirators attend a pretrial hearing at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba, Monday, June 16, 2014. David Nevin, defense council for Khalid Sheik Mohammad is at podium addressing presiding Judge James Pohl. The accused, right to left: Khalid Sheikh Mohmmad, Walid bin Attash, Ramzi bin al shibh, Aziz Ali, Mustafa al Hawsawi. Lawyers for Guantanamo prisoners charged in the Sept. 11 attack say the FBI has questioned more people who work as support staff on their legal teams than previously disclosed, a development that may prompt a new detour in an already snarled case as the war crimes tribunal reconvened Monday at this U.S. base.  (AP Photo/Janet Hamlin, Pool)

Pretrial of the Century: The Sept. 11 Case at Guantanamo Bay

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This Pentagon-approved sketch by court artist Janet Hamlin from June 2014 shows the perspective from the viewing gallery at the…

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Fifteen Years On, Tense 9/11 Hearings Close With Limited Progress Towards Trial

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Defense attorney Walter Ruiz spoke at Thursday’s press conference. He called the CIA’s rendition program an “international criminal enterprise.” Guantanamo…

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9/11 Judge Dissatisfied With Torture Disclosure by Prosecution

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A view of the detainee holding cells near the court where the five Sept. 11 defendants will be tried. (Photo…

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Tensions in 9/11 Hearings Rise Over CIA Black Site Evidence; Defendant Removed

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The chief prosecutor of the military commissions, Army Brig. Gen. Mark Martins, took questions from reporters in the Camp Justice…

This is a photo from inside a courtroom, ELC, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Sept. 11 Defendant May Not Choose Own Counsel, Court Rules

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A view of the defense side of the courtroom where the Sept. 11 defendants are being tried at Guantanamo Bay….

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Lawyer Limelight – Guantanamo: Brig. Gen. John Baker

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Marine Brig. Gen. John Baker is now one year into his role as Chief Defense Counsel for the military commissions at…

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Detainee Testifies Mental Torture of 9/11 Defendants Persists

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Defense attorneys James Harrington (left), Army Maj. Alaina Wichner and Navy Cmdr. Patrick Flor take questions from reporters after Thursday’s…

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Government Seeks Expedited, Public Testimony by Aged 9/11 Victims

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Guantanamo Naval Base, Cuba – Prosecutors on Tuesday asked the judge presiding over the Sept. 11 military trial to schedule public…

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Pretrial Hearings Resume in 9/11 Case Without Chief Prosecutor

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Guantanamo Naval Base, Cuba – Prosecutors, defense attorneys, court staff and observers arrived at Guantanamo Bay on Saturday for a week-long…

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McKool Smith Duo and Chemerinsky Join Guantanamo Detainee’s Team

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Photo of Brent Rushforth provided by his firm, McKool Smith. Guantanamo Naval Base, Cuba – The gears of justice at Guantanamo…

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Lawyer Limelight – Guantanamo: David Glazier

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Those who knew Prof. David Glazier during his college days at Amherst assumed he would go to law school, and…

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Rulings in Sept. 11 Case Continue Amidst Uncertainty Over Cancelled Hearings

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A Justice Department filing has delayed the Sept. 11 case. Photo by Kkistl01 | Dreamstime.com. Mystery lingered this week over Army…

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Lawyer Limelight – Guantanamo: Brig. Gen. Mark Martins

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Brig. Gen. Mark Martins spoke at a Feb. 26 Guantanamo Bay press conference and took additional questions from Lawdragon the next morning. Photo provided by…

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Notes from Inside the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility

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All photos taken by John Ryan and approved for use by Joint Task Force Guantanamo public affairs. Earlier this year, Lawdragon…

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Two-Week 9/11 Session Ends with Arguments on Female Guards

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A view of an empty cell block in Camp 6, which is made available for media tours. The Sept. 11 defendants…

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Sept. 11 Defendant Testifies at Guantanamo Hearing

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Guantanamo Naval Base, Cuba – More than 14 years after the Sept. 11 attacks, one of those accused of plotting the horrific…

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Lawyers Debate CIA Evidence at Guantanamo as Obama Pushes to Close Site

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On Tuesday, President Obama criticized the military commissions system he signed into law. (Video still from whitehouse.gov.) Guantanamo Naval Base, Cuba –…

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Prosecutors in Sept.11 Case Deny Unconstitutional Censorship

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Guantanamo Naval Base, Cuba – The chief prosecutor of the military commissions at Guantanamo Bay told the presiding judge on the…

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Defense in 9/11 Case Argues for ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Access

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Scenes from the controversial movie played on courtroom monitors. (Photo courtesy of Joint Task Force Guantanamo, Public Affairs.) Guantanamo Naval Base,…

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Broken Trust with Counsel Claimed in Sept. 11 Hearings

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Judge Refuses to Remove Lead Defense Attorney; Case Moves into Discovery of CIA Interrogations Guantanamo Naval Base, Cuba – Pretrial hearings in the 9/11…

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Lawyer Limelight – Guantanamo: James Connell

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(Photo by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.) As one of the lead lawyers for the five men facing the death…

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9/11 Defense Lawyers Claim Case is Too Tainted to Prosecute

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(Defense attorney Walter Ruiz at a military commissions press conference.) The Military Commission Hears Unlawful Influence Claims, Then Moves into Discovery…

Detainees join together for noon prayer during the ninth and holiest month of the Islamic lunar calendar at Camp 6, July 26 at Joint Task Force Guantanamo. Ramadan began July 20 and continues until the evening of Aug 18.

Public Testimony Wraps on Female Guards

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(Photo of Guantanamo detainees praying by Spc. Ryan Hallock / Joint Task Force Guantanamo, Public Affairs.) GUANTANAMO NAVAL BASE, CUBA…

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Ban on Female Guards Hurt Morale But Not Security, Commanders Testify

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A view of the detainee holding cells near the court where the five Sept. 11 defendants will be tried. (Photo…

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Sept. 11 Hearings Focus on Ban on Female Guards

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A view of the defense side of the courtroom where the Sept. 11 defendants are being tried at Guantanamo Bay….

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Top Secret Guantanamo Program Expected to Affect 9/11 Case

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(James Harrington, lead defense lawyer for Ramzi bin al Shibh, at an Oct. 30 press briefing following the most recent hearings.)…

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Hearings in 9/11 Case Finished Until December

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Two weeks of hearings in the Sept. 11 case at Guantanamo Bay ended on Friday with prosecutors and defense attorneys…

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Judge in 9/11 Case Rules Defendant Cannot Fire Attorney

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(The prosecution team led by Army Brig. Gen. Mark Martins, above, wanted to be heard by the judge on a defendant’s…

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9/11 Defendant Wants New Lead Lawyer

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(The Camp Justice building above houses Courtroom I and staff offices. The nearby Courtroom II, where the Sept. 11 defendants…

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Guantanamo Hearings Focus on Conflict, Self-Representation

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The military commission against five defendants accused of planning and financing the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks took a step forward…

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Latest 9/11 Hearings at Guantanamo Start With Delays

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The trip from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, to Guantanamo Bay for this week’s pre-trial hearings in the military commission against…

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Inside Guantanamo: The Military Commission Against Abd al Hadi al Iraqi

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Photo: Camp Justice houses the legal complex on Guantanamo Bay where detainees are to be tried. Watching proceedings in Courtroom…

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Lawyer Limelight in Video: Baher Azmy

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Lawdragon Video: “Challenging Authority: Baher Azmy of the Center for Constitutional Rights.” The vast majority of lawyers chosen for the…

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