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Death penalty not expected in Gitmo detainee trials

[JURIST] A top adviser to the military commissions trying the 12 Guantanamo detainees charged with war crimes said Tuesday that he did not think any of the charges were serious enough to warrant a death sentence. Brigadier General Thomas Hemingway [official profile], Legal Adviser to the Appointing Authority in the DOD Office of Military Commissions, indicated that there was no evidence that would lead him to recommend capital punishment in any of these cases. The military trials are set to resume [JURIST report] after a US appeals court ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that Guantanamo detainees may be tried by military commissions [JURIST report]. AFP has more. The Pentagon Channel is providing video of Hemingway's briefing.

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