Prof. Ellen Yaroshefsky Quoted in New York Times on Unfit Lawyer in 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

Many Say He’s the Least Qualified Lawyer Ever to Lead a Guantánamo Case. He Agrees.
By David Philipps
The New York Times
Feb. 5, 2018

In death penalty cases, the military tribunal rules require so-called learned counsel who have tried capital cases before. The team’s former lead counsel had tried 38. Lieutenant Piette has tried none. But the judge in the case has decided to move forward with only the lieutenant — a move that has alarmed a number of legal scholars.

“He doesn’t come close to being qualified,” said Ellen Yaroshefsky, a professor of legal ethics at Hofstra University. “So a death penalty case is basically going forward without a lawyer. If that is what we think passes as a court system, we’re in big trouble.”

A version of this article appears in print on Feb. 6, 2018, on Page A1 of the New York edition with the headline: Lawyer in Terror Trial Is Seen as Unfit. He Agrees.

Read the full article on the New York Times website.