Guantanamo Trial of Salim Hamdan Begins Today
Jury selection in the military commission trial of Guantanamo detainee Salim Hamdan is set to begin Monday morning.
In a nutshell: The Government has charged Hamdan, a driver for Osama bin Laden, mostly with acts that predated 9/11 by years.
The defense says his conduct did not occur "in the context of" an armed conflict, or was not "associated with" an armed conflict.
Hamdan is facing life in prison. Even if acquitted, Bush may decide to hold him indefinitely as an "enemy combatant." As to his jury:
[A]t least five military officers will make up the jury, and a two-thirds vote is required for a guilty verdict. A three-fourths votes is required for sentences that are longer than 10 years.
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