Wednesday, June 24, 2009
CAAF yesterday ordered ACCA's proceedings in the capital case of United States v. Akbar stayed as CAAF considers a petition for extraordinary relief. See Akbar v. Army Court of Criminal Appeals, __ M.J. ___, No. 09-8026/AR (C.A.A.F. June 23, 2009) (order); Akbar v. United States, __ M.J. ___, No. 09-8025/AR (C.A.A.F. June 23, 2009) (order). We've posted CAAF's orders here. The underlying issue on the petition for extraordinary relief deals with whether the United States and ACCA erred in denying litigation resources to Akbar's appellate defense counsel. The government was ordered to show cause by 6 July why CAAF shouldn't order the requested relief.