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National Security Law and the Judiciary

National Security Law and the Judiciary

By Daniel Buchanan

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 24, 2012— United States District Court of Minnesota Judge John Tunheim will share his perspective on national security law and the judiciary when the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security meets April 26, noon – 1:30 p.m., at the Army and Navy Club in Washington, D.C. Tunheim’s remarks are titled “National Security Law and the Judiciary.”

In light of the upcoming Khalid Sheikh Mohammed trial there continues to be much debate over trying terrorists in Article III courts. Some continue to question whether the federal courts are equipped to handle terrorism cases, while others argue that special courts would deprive defendants of due process and a fair trial. The issue of the role of military commissions continues to be debated in the context of the most appropriate forum to try terrorists.

Tunheim presided over Minneapolis terrorism suspect Mohammed Abdullah Warsame’s case, where pre-trial detention was one of the longest instances, with delays stemming from a variety of sources, including security clearances and classified information issues. In addition to presiding over the Warsame and other terrorism cases, he served as chair of the U.S. Assassination Records Review Board, in charge of declassifying the government records of the Kennedy assassination, and served as Minnesota chief deputy attorney general.

WHO:
Judge John Tunheim

U.S. District Court of Minnesota

WHAT:
“National Security Law and the Judiciary”

Sponsored by the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security

WHEN: 
Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 26

WHERE:
The Army & Navy Club

901 17th Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C.

With nearly 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world.  As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

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