As the tempest swirls around the larger implications of the Ghailani jury verdict handed down yesterday, it’s appropriate to remember the reaction Hamdan’s military commission verdict and sentence evoked two years ago.
It’s curious that the proponents of military commissions saw Hamdan as a success because his acquittal on the more serious charges showed that the commissions were fair, yet a similar result in civilian federal court is seen as proof of the failure of that system.

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