From CNN.com comes some detail about the attorney who will represent one of the highest of high profile defendants - Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks. Is he a seasoned capital litigator? Nope:
Prescott Prince is a small-town lawyer who has never taken a death penalty case to trial.Well, that's great. I can't imagine there are lots of capital trials in practices focusing on admiralty and maritime law. He'll have the assistance of some more experienced counsel, but still, it underwhelms.
But that's OK. The trial in front of a military tribunal will be a fair and just process right? Well . . .
No civilian court, he says, would accept confessions obtained after a defendant was mistreated. But the CIA admits Mohammed was waterboarded, a controversial interrogation technique that involves simulated drowning.So, let's see - we've got inexperienced (though well-meaning, from all accounts) counsel, evidence extracted by torture, all in a case taking place basically in secret. That's truth, justice, and the American way, kids - 21st century style!
'I take the position that this is mock execution. ... Colloquially speaking, at least it's torture,' Prince said.
The fact that whatever Mohammed said during such duress could be used at trial is alarming to Prince.
'That's not the rule of law. That's just insanity.'