Posted on Wednesday, 02.27.08
About the 9/11 war crimes trial
The learned counsel, death penalty defense experience, defense attorneys, from left: David Nevin for Khalid Sheik Mohammed; Cheryl Bormann for Walid bin Attash; James Harrington for Ramzi bin al Shibh; James G. Connell III for Ammar al Baluchi, also called Ali Abd al Aziz Ali; Cmdr. Walter Ruiz for Mustafa al Hawsawi. Also assigned are Marine Corps Maj. Derek Poteet and Army Capt. Jason D. Wright for Mohammed; Air Force Capt. Michael Schwartz and Navy Reserves Lt. Cmdr. James Hatcher for Bin Attash; Navy Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Bogucki and Navy Cmdr Tri Nhan for Bin al Shibh and Air Force Lt. Col. Sterling Thomas and Army Capt. Barry Emmert for Baluchi.
The Pentagon prosecutors are charging 2,976 counts of murder in their conspiracy charge sheet and the Defense Department has created three ways to show their families what's going on at their trials at Guantánamo. A retired Navy captain, Karen Loftus, runs a prosecution division that gives them news updates, provided they meet the Defense Department definition of a victim -- spouse, parent, sibling or child of someone killed in the attack. That status lets them sign on to a special portal built into the war court's website, and also gets victims access to four viewing centers at military bases on the Eastern Seaboard -- in New York City, New Jersey, Massachusetts and outside Washington DC. Registered victims are also eligible for a lottery that chooses five people to travel to each Guantánamo war court hearing as guests of the Pentagon with distinguished visitors privileges. Each can bring a fellow traveler along, gratis too.