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Judge delays first war crimes trial at Gitmo.

By Amanda Terkel  

"Judge delays first war crimes trial at Gitmo."


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Yesterday, a military judge “postponed the first war crimes tribunal at Guantanamo Bay, saying he wants to wait until the Supreme Court makes its highly anticipated ruling on the right of detainees to challenge their confinement in civil courts.” The case will now be delayed until July 21, to avoid “‘potential embarrassment, waste of resources and prejudice to the accused,’ if the Supreme Court ruling forces a halt to the proceedings mid-trial.” Defense lawyers for Salim Ahmed Hamdan had requested a postponement, but military prosecutors said they were “eager to go to trial.”

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