A New York Criminal Lawyer says that a federal judge in Manhattan rejected a Guantanamo detainee’s request to drop his guilty verdict. The detainee claims that he should be tried as a civilian in the court and that his first trial was not legal or just. The judge ruled he would not drop the earlier guilty verdict and that there was enough evidence to continue with his keeping his charge of conspiracy. The detainee will probably appeal this ruling as well.
Last year, the detainee was convicted on one act of conspiracy to destroy a government building. The New York Criminal Lawyer was informed that the man was convicted of conspiring to blow up the US embassy in East Africa. There were 224 people who were killed in that attack and many more were injured. The attack also killed one dozen Americans.
The detainee was held on the conspiracy charge, but he was exonerated on 280 different counts in the same incident. The attack on the US embassy took place in 1998 and he has been in US custody ever since. He faces life in prison when he sees the judge for the sentencing portion of his trial, which will happen in the next few weeks. The detainee’s lawyer tried to dismiss the guilty charge by saying the verdict was inconsistent with other verdicts in the US since then. The judge dismissed the lawyer’s arguments and held the detainee on the guilty charge.
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