New Gitmo Lawsuit

The NYT reports on a new Gitmo lawsuit. Its filed by Lt. Cmdr. Charles Swift, a militiary lawyer (JAG) defending one of the Guantanamo detainees. The suit — filed in his own name! — challenges the fundamental legality of the military tribunal order setting up the procedure by which the detainees will be tried. That's the process that foreign jurists call a Kangaroo Court.

Prof. Neil Katyal is on the case, and the complaint is on his webpage.

I have to say that I really admire the military lawyers who are pursuing these cases. They face a much more substantial career risk than the average partner who has to choose between billables and pro bono zeal. Suing Rumsfeld personally takes guts.

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