MIAMI (AP) — The military judge presiding over the Sept. 11 case at Guantanamo Bay is being urged to speed things along.
Prosecutors have asked Army Col. James Pohl to set a September 2014 trial date for the five prisoners charged with orchestrating the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. A prosecution motion also asks Pohl to set deadlines for future motions and to hold monthlong hearings to resolve pretrial issues in the death penalty case.
The judge has convened five hearings, each about five days. The case has been stalled by disputes over rules for handling classified evidence, weather, allegations of eavesdropping and other factors.
Defense lawyers oppose the proposal. One of them, Navy Cmdr. Walter Ruiz said Thursday that even a June 2015 date would be "ambitious."