Sydney Morning Herald 5 March
Hicks's US military lawyer, Major Michael Mori, is the South Sydney
Rabbitohs' latest high-profile recruit. He was in the club box at
Saturday night's Charity Shield rugby league match, trading his khakis
for a green and red Souths cap.
He was a
guest of the Rabbitohs' owners, Russell Crowe and Peter Holmes a
Court, and later met the players in the dressing room before walking
out onto the middle of Telstra Stadium to inspect the playing
Court told us he met Major Mori during their US university days, when
the soldier was his "nemesis" on the rugby field. "He
played flanker for Norwich and I was five-eighth for Middlebury. We
played them twice a year and he used to cut me down as frequently as
was his nickname. I don't know why but I thought he'd be a very
interesting guy for the players to meet."
Court said he was now seeking to "assist in the negotiations to
see David brought home" but wouldn't elaborate.
CEO, Shane Richardson, was singing from the same song sheet after
meeting Major Mori. "He's a huge New England Patriots fan and a
huge American football fan, but he was saying: 'How tough are these
guys?"' Richardson said after the game. "I told him he will
make himself a hero if he can bring David Hicks
Please excuse cross-posting.
As if the shocking and disgraceful circus
that currently constitutes the pending "trial" of Guantanamo
detainee David Hicks by a kangaroo court disguised as a Military
Commission is not disgusting enough already, we now learn in our
Australian newspapers today that the USA "prosecutors" are
proposing to bring some absurd charges against Major Michael Mori for
some alleged breach of some Military Code in his vigorous defence of
David Hicks to date. Could some informed Law-Libber please refer me to
the actual text of the relevant provision that Major Mori is supposed
to have breached ? I went to hear Major Mori speak on the David
Hicks case in Melbourne last Thursday night, and must say that, if his
moderate and convincing "speaking out" on the injustices in
this case does, indeed, constitute an offence under current USA law,
then there is something HORRIBLY wrong with the rule of law in the USA
these days. But I guess we knew that already.
P.S. I f you feel minded to "flame"
me for this posting, save your electrons and don't bother. All flames
will be trashed.
Ron Huttner LL.B (Hons)
(Retired) Barrister, Solicitor, Law
Lecturer and Legal Researcher
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