Hamad v. Bush: lawyer for Guantanamo detainee takes case to YouTube

January 17, 2007

News: As reported here, Petrick Ehlers, a federal public defender from Oregon, has run out of options in court because Congress has taken away jurisdiction of federal courts to hear “enemy combatant” habeas petitions. So Ehlers has now taken his case to YouTube, pleading for his client Adel Hahmad — who has been detained by U.S. military in Guatanamo since July 2002, after he was taken into custody from his home in Pakistan. The video is called “Guantanamo Unclassified.” It’s the first legal video brief on YouTube that I know of. (As of yet, we don’t teach this in law school.)