Khadr Trial Delayed a Few Hours
GUANTANAMO BAY — Only two reporters actually got into the courtroom where Omar Khadr’s pre-trial hearing will take place to suppress his statements to interrogators. (I wasn’t one of the reporters: my lottery for the pool coverage had me heading over this afternoon.) But Army Lt. Col. Jon Jackson, one of Khadr’s military lawyers, just ventured forth to tell the press corps not to bother: the hearing is delayed.
How come? Because of yesterday’s late-breaking release of the Manual for the military commissions. Col. Pat Parrish, the judge hearing the case, ordered a delay until 1 p.m. so that prosecution and defense counsel (and, perhaps, he himself) can familiarize themselves with the Manual’s prescriptions for the commissions’ rules of evidence and procedure.
I’m in the afternoon pool to sit in the courtroom. There’s no way to communicate with the outside world inside the super-secure courtroom. (I can’t even tweet!) So I’ll have to update you from the hearing after the session concludes, probably in the early evening.