Bloomberg Law
April 10, 2020, 4:20 PM

Guantanamo Bay Detainees Fail to Show Military Judge Biased

Brian Flood
Brian Flood
Legal Reporter

Three Guantanamo Bay detainees currently being tried before a U.S. military commission for their alleged roles in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks failed to show that the former presiding judge of the commission should’ve recused himself because of his prior government work or past social connections, the D.C. Circuit said.

Rarely does either of those reasons mandate recusal, the appeals court said.

Khalid Shaikh Muhammed, Walid Muhammad Salih Mubarak bin ‘Atash, and Mustafa Ahmed Adam al Hawsawi failed to prove that Keith Parrella, a U.S. Marine Corps colonel, clearly appeared biased against them, the appeals court said. It therefore ...