Military Lawyer Proves Iraq War is Illegal
A prosecutor's botched cross-examination can be a defense attorney's best friend. Here's a fascinating account of the courts martial trial of Pablo Paredes, who defended his failure to deploy by arguing that he was obliged not to fight an illegal war. Particularly amusing: the prosecution's cross of the defense's expert witness, Marjorie Cohn.
After a 20-30 minute eternity that left us all in a stupor of disbelief that the war's legality had just been debated in a military court, on the record, and had lost, badly, the attorney for the prosecution sat down. And then the judge said, "I believe the government has just successfully proved that any seaman recruit has reasonable cause to believe that the wars in Yugoslavia, Afghanistan and Iraq were illegal."
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