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Duh!

This whole concept is a shameful travisty of anything even resembling justice or due process. The defendants can’t see all the evidence against them. There is no client-lawyer confideniality. (Not to mention they haven’t been able to see lawyers at all most of the time.) Hopefully there will be enough public pressure on this that either these eventually get transfered to a civilian court (unlikely) or the military keeps “adjusting” the rules as they already have a little to make these a little closer to what one would expect in a fair process.

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/07/13/politics/13TRIB.html?hp

But as the Pentagon prepares for the first such proceedings in more than 50 years, it is encountering a potent criticism: many lawyers and bar groups say the conditions for civilian defense lawyers are so restrictive that they might not agree to participate in the process and thereby lend it legitimacy.

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