Friday, May 30, 2008

Judge Brownback removed from Gitmo case?

Today, apparently, is Gitmo news day.

According to lawyers for Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr, Army Colonel Peter E. Brownback III, the military judge who had been presiding over Khadr's trial, has been replaced.

Judge Brownback previously complained of being "badgered and beaten" by the prosecution to set a trial date for Khadr, and recently ordered the prosecution to turn over evidence to the defense. The judge also said he had "taken a lot of heat," or words to that effect, from Pentagon officials who disagreed with his rulings.

Neither the Pentagon nor Judge Brownback have commented publicly on his status. Judge Brownback had earlier expressed an interest in retiring.

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