Faculty Notes

Prof. Ellen Yaroshefsky Provides Ethics Opinion in Guantanamo Bay War Court USS Cole Case

Official photo of Hofstra Law faculty member Ellen Yaroshefsky, the Howard Lichtenstein Distinguished Professor of Legal Ethics and Executive Director of the Monroe H. Freedman Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics

On Oct. 13, the Miami Herald published the story “Guantánamo’s USS Cole Death-Penalty Case in Limbo After Key Defense Lawyer Quits” about the decision by all three members of the civilian legal team to quit the trial of Saudi national Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri, the alleged leader of the 2000 USS Cole bombing.

The article explains that the members of the legal team, which included capital defense attorney Rick Kammen, “withdrew on the belief that the government was listening in on their legal meetings, creating an ethical conflict.”

Reporter Carol Rosenberg mentions that “Kammen said he got an ethical opinion from a recognized legal scholar, Ellen Yaroshefsky, and presented it to [the chief defense counsel for military commissions, Marine Brig. Gen. John Baker] to get permission to leave the case.”

Read the full article on the Miami Herald website.