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Defending Hamdan: The Capture and Defense of Bin Laden's Driver

There was more bad news to come for the Prosecution.  In a final blow, the jury recommended a ‘light’ sentence of just five and a half years for Hamdan.  But it got worse.  As it transpired, the presiding judge in the case, Keith Allred, had already agreed to credit Hamdan with time served, which meant he could potentially be freed in as little as five months – a far cry from the 30 years-plus demanded by the Prosecution.  The stunning verdict and sentence in this showcase trial left both critics and supporters of the Guantanamo Bay Tribunals alike wondering what had gone wrong with the prosecution, and what had gone right with the defense?

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