U.S. Supreme Court Asked to Stop Khadr Trial

Omar Khadr, the Canadian charged with crimes he allegedly committed when he was 15 years old, is set to be tried before a military commission at Guantanamo Bay beginning August 10.  Four months ago, Khadr’s lawyer, Army Lt. Col. Jon Jackson, filed a petition challenging the constitutionality of the Military Commissions Act of 2009 with the D.C. Circuit Court.  The court has not acted on the petition. So, on Monday, August 2, Jackson filed an Emergency Motion with the U.S. Supreme Court to stop the trial from proceeding until the D.C. court acts.

Jackson argues that the system under which Khadr would be tried is unconstitutional because it is applied only to non-US citizens. He said, “The military commissions provide young Omar, a Canadian citizen, only second class justice. This kind of discrimination is something we cannot stand for as a country.”

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