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Torture’s Consequences

Oct 10th, 2010 AIII Courts, Ghailani

An editorial published today, (10/10/10), in The Washington Post entitled "Torture's Consequences" makes the point that "torture is not only morally reprehensible; it is legally toxic," and "rejecting torture is a moral and legal imperative of the highest order." 

Evidence of this was delivered from Judge Lewis Kaplan last Wednesday, October 6, 2010, when he barred the government from presenting a key witness in Ahmed Ghailani's trial in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The Judge concluded that a key witness's testimony was not "sufficiently attenuated" from the "coerced statements to permit its receipt in evidence," despite arguments the government learned of the key witness through independent means. 

Though not necessarily fatal to Ghailani's prosecution, the Justice Department is now weighing whether to appeal. For the full text of today's article, click here


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