Guantanamo military judge rules defense official in contempt

AP News
Posted: Nov 01, 2017 6:33 PM

MIAMI (AP) — A military judge at the Guantanamo Bay detention center has ruled that a senior legal official in charge of the defense for terrorism suspects should be held in contempt of court in a dispute that has disrupted court proceedings at the base.

Air Force Col. Vance Spath issued the ruling Wednesday against Marine Corps Brig. Gen. John Baker at a hearing at the U.S. base in Cuba.

Spath said Baker should be confined to his quarters for 21 days for releasing three defense lawyers in a terrorism case without the judge's authorization. Baker was led out of the courtroom to the shock of colleagues.

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A senior Pentagon legal official known as the convening authority must uphold the ruling before it becomes official and Baker is expected to challenge it.