Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Martinez capital court-martial update

The prosecution concluded its case in rebuttal on Tuesday in the Martinez capital court-martial being tried at Fort Bragg, as reported by the Lower Hudson Valley Journal News here. As reported by the Fayetteville Observer here, proceedings in the case have adjourned until Monday, when the defense will present its case in surrebuttal. The Journal News reports that closing arguments are expected on Tuesday. If the case goes past next week, which seems likely if the members return the unanimous finding of guilty to premeditated murder that would be necessary for the sentencing case to be capital, then court-martial proceedings will break for the week of 8 December because that week the military judge in the case, Army Colonel Stephen Henley, will be presiding over the military commission case of United States v. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, et al., at Guantanamo Bay.

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