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Le Moyne College Hosts Talk by Defense Counsel for Osama bin Ladin’s Driver

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … Le Moyne College hosts a talk by Charles Swift on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. in Grewen Auditorium. His talk is titled “The Rule of Law in the War on Terrorism.”

As a lieutenant commander in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps (more commonly known as JAGs), Charles Swift was assigned as a defense counsel in the Department of Defense case against Salim Ahmed Hamdan, a Yemeni national who was Osama bin Ladin’s driver. Instead of pressuring his client to plead guilty, Swift filed a habeas corpus action on Hamdan’s behalf challenging his detention at Guantanamo Bay and his trial before a military commission. This action ultimately culminated in the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision of Hamdan v. Rumsfeld (2006). By a vote of 5-3, the justices held that Hamdan’s military commission violated Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions.

Swift retired from active service in the United States Navy on Aug. 31, 2007. Since that time he has taught at Emory University School of Law and has lectured across the country on military commissions and the Hamdan case. He currently lives in Seattle, Wash., where he and his wife have a law practice, Swift & McDonald, P.S., that specializes in state, federal and military criminal defense.

The talk is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the political science department, Political Science Academy, legal studies minor, pre-law program, Center for Peace and Global Studies, dean of arts and sciences and the lectures committee. For more information, contact Dr. Susan Behuniak at behuniak@lemoyne.edu or (315) 445-4490.

posted on: 9/27/2011