Wednesday, October 18, 2006


Gag Order In Detainee Abuse Case

How it works: You try somebody for a crime, but you don’t let the lawyers talk about the case, and if the defense lawyers are good, they get punished. Military justice is to justice, someone said, as military music is to music.,1,6134225.story?track=rss&ctrack=1&cset=true

Marine Corps Issues Gag Order in Detainee Abuse Case

The action has lawyers worrying they could be punished for defending Guantanamo clients.
By Carol J. Williams
Times Staff Writer

October 15, 2006

MIAMI — The U.S. Marine Corps has threatened to punish two members of the military legal team representing a terrorism suspect being held at Guantanamo Bay if they continue to speak publicly about reported prisoner abuse, a civilian lawyer from the defense team said Saturday.

The action directed at Lt. Col. Colby Vokey and Sgt. Heather Cerveny follows their report last week that Guantanamo guards bragged about beating detainees, said Muneer Ahmad, an American University law professor who assists in the defense of Canadian suspect Omar Khadr.

The order has heightened fears among the military defense lawyers for Guantanamo prisoners that their careers will suffer for exposing flaws and injustices in the system, Ahmad said.

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