New roadblock to 9/11 trial? September 11 judge retiring, names Marine successor

U.S. Army Colonel James L. Pohl, long-time judge of the September 11th hearings in Guantanamo has announced his retirement, effective September 30, 2018.

Colonel Pohl has assigned Colonel Keith A. Parrella, of the United States Marine Corps to replace him.

The five suspects in the case were arraigned in 2012 and pre-trial hearings have progressed at glacial pace. No trial date has been set. The defendants are accused of conspiring with the 19 September 11th hijackers.

One of Colonel Parrella’s first decisions will involve whether or not to overturn Colonel Pohl’s order (issued last month) to exclude information from FBI interrogations of the suspects from 2006-7.

Parrella will also need to decide whether or not to reschedule the next pretrial hearing, which was set for September 10-14, 2018, reports Carol Rosenberg for the Miami Herald.

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