Omar Khadr Guantanamo Trial Postponed At Least 30 Days

Carol Rosenberg of McClatchy has the latest on the abrupt cessation of the military commission proceeding against child soldier Omar Khadr due to his lawyer's collapse in court yesterday.

Lt. Col. Jackson, who had gall bladder surgery six weeks ago, is suffering from complications from the surgery. He is being airlifted back to the U.S. The trial has been postponed at least 30 days.

Jackson, who has been on the case for about a year, became Khadr's lone lawyer within a week of his surgery after the Toronto-born teen fired volunteer civilian attorneys Barry Coburn and Kobie Flowers from Washington D.C.

[Judge]Parrish ordered the Army defender to stay on the case, but the Pentagon Defense Office provided him no additional assistance beyond two enlisted paralegals who had already been on the case.

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    Why Go Through The Formalities? (none / 0) (#1)
    by squeaky on Fri Aug 13, 2010 at 02:42:45 PM EST
    It is so obvious that it is a show trial, no mater who the players are.

    Khadr was right on the money when he said that he was refusing to participate in the sham trial legitimizing US injustice.

    The unfairness of the rules that will make a person so depressed that he will admit to allegations made upon him or take a plea offer that will satisfy the U.S. government and get him the least sentence possible and ligitimize this sham process.

    Therefore, I will not willingly let the U.S. gov use me to fullfil its goal. I have been used to many times when I was a child and that's I'm here taking blame and paying for thigns I didn't have a choice in doing but was told to do by elders.

    Lastly I will not take any plea offer or because it will give excuse for the gov for torturing and abusing me when I was a child.


    Solidifying "The Stain" (none / 0) (#2)
    by squeaky on Fri Aug 13, 2010 at 02:54:03 PM EST
    A US Army lieutenant colonel who told the military tribunal he believes the prison camp for suspected terrorists should be shuttered has been removed from the jury in the trial of Omar Khadr.

    The Associated Press reports that prosecutors in Khadr's trial used their one allotted juror dismissal to excuse the unnamed officer.

    The Independent also suggests that the tribunal has no problem with other forms of potential conflict of interest among jurors:

    Among the seven jurors remaining on the panel are officers who have lost close friends or colleagues fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. One had a friend killed in the 11 September attacks on the Pentagon.
    It also emerged that many of the officers had volunteered to take part in the proceedings. During questioning of the 15 potential panellists all but one told the court they either believed Guantanamo Bay should stay open or did not hold an opinion on the subject.

    The Independent reports that "none" of the jurors "thought the US had used torture to extract confessions." That would contradict testimony that interrogators threatened to gang-rape Khadr to death if he refused to cooperate. The judge in the case has allowed statements made under that threat to be used in the tribunal.

    AFP reports that the prosecution had pointed questions for potential jurors:

    Prosecutor Jeff Groharing then posed questions to the potential jurors, highlighting the legal controversies at the center of the Khadr case: "Does anyone consider it unfair to use statements the accused made?" he asked them.
    "Does anyone find it inappropriate to try somebody eight years after the facts?" he went on. "Do you think it's inappro
    priate to try a juvenile for a serious crime?"


    Money Quote (none / 0) (#3)
    by squeaky on Fri Aug 13, 2010 at 05:43:26 PM EST
    Regarding the decision Jackson, who was Khadr's lone attorney two weeks after having gall bladder surgery:  

    ``It was probably a systemic decision not to waste resources,'' said Human Rights Watch observer Andrea Prasow