March 22, 2013
Re "Five guilty in Bell," March 21 The jury in the first city of Bell corruption trial has found five of the six defendants, all former council members, guilty on numerous charges and is undecided on other counts. Throughout the trial, the defendants denied their guilt, blaming their actions on the influence of former City Manager Robert Rizzo. They may have a point, but it is no excuse for not governing responsibly. Their defense is an admission of unfitness for holding office in the first place.
October 19, 2012 |
FT. MEADE, Md. -- Top officials in the George W. Bush and Obama administrations, including the two presidents themselves, repeatedly and publicly pronounced a group of senior Al Qaeda leaders guilty in the Sept. 11 conspiracy and created an “unlawful command influence” that pressured the U.S. military to bring capital murder charges against them in a military commission trial, defense lawyers said Friday. The lawyers, speaking at a pretrial hearing at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, asserted that the Washington officials unfairly prejudged their clients.
May 17, 2012
When Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. announced in 2009 that Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and four other accused Sept. 11 conspirators would be tried in a civilian federal court, we said that his decision "makes an eloquent statement about the Obama administration's determination to avenge the victims of terrorism within the rule of law. " But the five never made it to civilian court; instead, thanks to domestic politics, they are being tried for murder and...
May 4, 2012 |
U.S. NAVAL BASE, GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA -- Cliff Russell lost his brother, a fireman who rushed to the first tower that was hit. Tara Henwood Butzbaugh lost her brother too, a bond trader on the 105thfloor of the same tower. For more than 10 years they have waited for this. “I wish the worst possible death for them,” Russell said, speaking on the eve of the opening in the military commission trial for the five top ringleaders in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Butzbaugh could not agree more.
October 16, 2012 |
FT. MEADE, Md. - Alleged terrorist mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and two other defendants chose to skip the proceedings Tuesday morning when pre-trial hearings for the accused conspirators in the Sept. 11 terror attacks resumed at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The hearings are dealing with crucial issues before the five defendants can be tried, including allegations of inhumane treatment, classified information and whether the U.S. Constitution governs the military commissions process.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2012 |
Criminal defendants who are sane enough to be tried for a crime may nevertheless be too mentally ill to act as their own lawyers, the California Supreme Court decided unanimously Monday. In rejecting an appeal from a man denied the right to represent himself, the state high court said judges may insist that defendants be represented if they suffer from "a severe mental illness to the point where [they] cannot carry out the basic tasks" needed to mount a defense. But Justice Ming W. Chin, writing for the court, warned judges to apply the standard cautiously.