Monday, June 11, 2007

Nuremberg prosecutor says Guantanamo trials unfair

By Jane Sutton
59 minutes ago

MIAMI (Reuters) - The U.S. war crimes tribunals at Guantanamo have betrayed the principles of fairness that made the Nazi war crimes trials at Nuremberg a judicial landmark, one of the U.S. Nuremberg prosecutors said on Monday.


"It violates the Nuremberg principles, what they're doing, as well as the spirit of the Geneva Conventions of 1949."


"The concept of a fair trial is part of our tradition, our heritage," King said from Ohio, where he lives. "That's what made Nuremberg so immortal -- fairness, a presumption of innocence, adequate defense counsel, opportunities to see the documents that they're being tried with."

King, who interrogated Nuremberg defendant Albert Speer, was incredulous that the Guantanamo rules left open the possibility of using evidence obtained through coercion.

"To torture people and then you can bring evidence you obtained into court? Hearsay evidence is allowed? Some evidence is available to the prosecution and not to the defendants? This is a type of 'justice' that Jackson didn't dream of," King said.

Talk about getting rapped on the knuckles by the teacher.

Maybe a 2x4 would be more effective.


At 6:59 PM, Blogger GottaLaff said...

Maybe an anvil and an Acme explosives device. Meepmeep!

At 7:01 PM, Blogger Paddy said...

God I hate this government.

At 9:38 PM, Anonymous poicephalus said...

But then again, we don't have many Robert Jackson's, anymore.
Thanks Ronnie!
Now they are in the private sector, with warped consciences and trophy wives.
Good for them. Shitty for us.


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