Judge Refuses to Delay a Case at Guantánamo

First crisis of the Obama Gov’t… (the economic crisis started before he was even elected).


WASHINGTON — The Obama administration hit an unexpected rough patch on Thursday in its plan to give itself time to decide how to prosecute Guantánamo detainees.

A military judge in the case of one of the best-known terrorism suspects declined an administration request to delay an arraignment scheduled for Feb. 9. The decision differed from rulings by two other military judges in the war crimes system at the prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, who last week granted requests filed by military prosecutors for four-month delays so the new administration could study detainees’ files and its legal options.

The unexpected move brought confusion at the White House and the Pentagon, and added a new legal tangle to the already confounding challenges of the Obama administration’s effort to move in sharply new directions on detainee issues.  (NYT, Read more)


You can also read the story at:

Guantanamo Judge Denies Obama’s Request for Delay (Washington Post)

Obama bid to suspend Gitmo proceedings hits snag (Associated Press)