The military prosecutor predicted that this circus would persist for years, allowing the terrorists a platform to make a mockery of the judicial process we offer them and to heap additional suffering upon the families of the victims of terrorist attacks. (Pat Dollard has more)
And a circus it is.
— “Defense Lawyer Calls for Coverup,” a cute headline that can’t cover up the story’s nauseating contents.
This legal eagle has made herself over into the draped defender.
In a pandering fashion choice, Washington-based lawyer Cheryl Bormann showed up in the Guantanamo Bay terror courtroom yesterday in a traditional Muslim woman’s head garb.
Bormann, 52, who is representing Yemeni terror suspect Walid bin Attash, appeared before a judge clad in a black hijab, or traditional head covering, and long black robe.
She also suggested other women in the courtroom should follow her fashion example, so bin Attash and the other male defendants can look at them without “fear of committing a sin under their faith.” Â (Diana West has more on this disgrace
From all reports available, the arraignment of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammad and his four co-defendants last Saturday was nothing less than an insult to the families of 9/11 victims. A mockery of justice itself,Â the five menÂ “refused to acknowledge the judge” while their attorneys “repeatedly challenged the legitimacy of the court.” In other words, they hoped to shift the focus of the trial to our system of justice rather than the savagery of KSM and his cohorts.
To that end, DefenseÂ Attorney James ConnellÂ seems to actually be enjoying the burden created by the demands the five are making of the court: requiring the charges against them to be read aloud in full, screaming out loud while the court was in session, andÂ demanding that the women in the courtroom wear Islamic robes for the benefit of the defendants.
In fact, KSM’s personal defense attorney, Cheryl Bormann, appeared in the courtroom in a full hijab,Â which isÂ “an Islamic women’s robe revealing only the face, hands and feet.” And she demanded the court require all over women in the courtroom to do the same so that KSM so his cohorts could “look at the prosecution” without “fear of committing a sin under their faith.”
Bormann actually had theÂ nerve to say, “When you’re on trial for your life, you need to be focused,” and then she recounted an episode a few years ago when “a paralegal wore ‘very short skirts’ and became a distraction for the defendants.”
KSM and his four co-defendants also tried to make the proceedings as pointless as possible by demanding the hearing be foregone and that they beÂ executedÂ straight away. To that end, they literally changed their pleas of “guilty” to pleas of “kill us now.”
And because of their endless antics and our politically correct habit of accommodating them, Saturday’s hearing lasted 13 hours, including meals and “prayer breaks.” No wonder one of the family members of an American killed on 9/11Â said,Â “They’re engaging in jihad in a courtroom.”
And, to think, Attorney General Eric Holder wanted this to take place in New York City.