Gitmo Juror Rejected for Agreeing with Obama

Khadr trial halted after lawyer collapses
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 13, 2010 4:55 AM CDT
Gitmo Juror Rejected for Agreeing with Obama
Omar Khadr's Pentagon-appointed lawyer, Lt. Col. Jon Jackson, was taken to hospital after collapsing in court yesterday.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press,Colin Perkel)

(Newser) – A military officer who says he believes the Guantanamo Bay detention center should be closed was disqualified from serving on the jury at detainee Omar Khadr's trial this week. The other 15 officers considered for the panel all either said that Gitmo should stay open or that they had no opinion, the Independent reports. "I don't think my views differ from those of the president," the rejected officer told prosecutors.

"It's clear he has a lot of opinions," said the chief prosecutor, who used his sole exclusion to reject the officer. "I think he has preconceived ideas that detainees were mistreated." Khadr—a 23-year-old Canadian citizen who has been at Guantanamo since he was 15—went on trial for war crimes yesterday, but proceedings were halted after his lawyer collapsed and was taken to a military hospital, the Miami Herald reports. Click here for a look at the former child soldier.
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