The Shocking Outcome of the Bahlul Trial

As Jeralyn discussed earlier today, a military commission jury voted to convict Ali Hamza al-Bahlul of 35 crimes, including solicitation to commit murder and providing material support to terrorism. This result should not shock, given Bahlul's refusal to defend himself and his lawyer's decision to respect Bahlul's desire to present no defense. You may recall that the judge allowed the proceeding to proceed even after Bahlul's lawyer refused to participate.

The 35 convictions do not shock, but this does:

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The jury dismissed one count of conspiracy and one count of providing material support for terrorism.

Did the prosecutors forget to present any evidence of those crimes? With the ability to put on a completely uncontested, unrefuted, unconfronted case, the prosecutors still lost on two counts? How embarrassing.

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    Wow. Maybe our legal (none / 0) (#1)
    by mg7505 on Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 09:58:43 PM EST
    system has some built-in checks after all.

    pretty sad. (none / 0) (#2)
    by cpinva on Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 11:47:10 PM EST
    analogous to being on the field by yourself, and still not being able to score a TD.

    perhaps those two charges were thrown in, just to buff up the numbers, with little actual evidence to support them. they figured, in the juror's minds, all would become one, with nothing substantive needed.

    apparently, they were wrong.