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Law to allow death penalty without trial?

June 8, 2009 by  

Law to allow death penalty without trial?Media reports have suggested the Obama administration is considering a law which would permit detainees to plead guilty in death penalty cases without full trial.

According to the New York Times, the law would apply to military commissions at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba.

It further adds the provision could permit military prosecutors to avoid details of controversial interrogations techniques that have been officially banned since President Obama took office earlier this year.

Predictably, the proposal, which has not been officially announced, has drawn criticism from legal experts.

"This unfortunately strikes me as an effort to get rid of the problem in the easiest way possible, which is to have those people plead guilty and presumably be executed," said David Glazier, an associate professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, quoted by the NYT.

The administration has so far declined to answer questions about whether any decisions have been made.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs has only commented that the President’s goal has been to improve the military commissions to ensure due process as well as "swift and certain" justice, the AP has reported.
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