That's the title of an article posted at Slate by Gabriel Urza. It's subtitled, "Why Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s lawyer is leaving the defense team—and the Army." Here's the beginning:
Tuesday is Army Major Jason Wright’s last day as appointed counsel for Guantánamo Bay’s most well-known detainee, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. It’s also Wright’s last day in the United States Army.
In December of 2011, Wright was detailed to serve as one of two military-appointed lawyers for KSM, the purported mastermind of the 9/11 terror attacks and executioner of journalist Daniel Pearl. Mohammed—along with three co-defendants—faces trial before a military commission at the Guantánamo Bay Naval Base for his role in the attacks, and faces a sentence of death if convicted. Wright spent nearly three years working between 50 and 60 hours a week as a Judge Advocate General (or JAG) on the KSM case. It was the case of a lifetime.
But in a letter dated Feb. 26 of this year, the Army notified Wright that they were taking him off the case. The letter required Wright to attend a nine-month graduate program in military law. Wright requested a deferral (which had been granted when he received the same order the year before), but this time the request was denied. In Wright’s eyes, the order clearly put him in conflict with his ethical obligation to continue representing his client, the third-highest ranking member of al-Qaida. When he followed up, Wright learned that even if he were to attend the graduate program, upon completion he would not be reassigned to U.S. v. Mohammed. His orders were short and unambiguous: either quit the KSM defense team and attend the graduate program, or resign from the Army.
And so on March 26, 2014, after nine years in the Army, Major Wright tendered his resignation. This is his story.
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