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Chapter Four - Military Commissions

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  06 September 2018

Richard L. Abel
Affiliation:
University of California, Los Angeles
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Bush authorized military commissions for Guantánamo detainees in order to weaken evidentiary rules, admit interrogations contaminated by torture, and try cases by a jury of military personnel. The goal was show trials, that would display the fairness of American justice and expose the depravity of the accused. But the few cases that have been completed did neither: most were resolved by guilty pleas without a trial, and those convicted served short sentences (in addition to their time in detention). The pending trials of the high value detainees accused of the 9/11 attack and attack on the USS Cole are mired in procedural problems and unlikely to be completed for many years.
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Law's Trials
The Performance of Legal Institutions in the US 'War on Terror'
, pp. 184 - 321
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2018

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  • Military Commissions
  • Richard L. Abel, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Book: Law's Trials
  • Online publication: 06 September 2018
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108555227.004
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  • Military Commissions
  • Richard L. Abel, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Book: Law's Trials
  • Online publication: 06 September 2018
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108555227.004
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  • Military Commissions
  • Richard L. Abel, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Book: Law's Trials
  • Online publication: 06 September 2018
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108555227.004
Available formats
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