Pot included in growing equipment drug task force donated to school

DOVER, Tenn., Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Growing equipment donated to a Tennessee school by a drug task force came with something extra -- a bit of pot, nestled "under some lights."

Former Guantanamo detainee David Hicks contests guilty plea

MIAMI, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- David Hicks, the first man convicted of war crimes at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has asked an appeals court to overturn his conviction, court documents show.

U.S. lawyer defends Australian asylum seekers

CANBERRA, Australia, April 26 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Marine and Quantanamo defense lawyer Michael Mori wants greater access to his asylum seeker clients in detention on the Pacific island of Nauru.

U.S. reportedly plea bargaining with terror suspect

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. prosecutors have turned to an old strategy with terrorist detainees by offering plea bargains in exchange for testimony, sources tell The Miami Herald.

Judge freezes proceeds from Gitmo book

SYDNEY, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Money former detainee David Hicks makes from a book about Guantanamo is proceeds of a crime, Australian prosecutors say.
Rudd: Australia may take Gitmo inmates

Rudd: Australia may take Gitmo inmates

CANBERRA, Australia, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said Friday that any decision to accept inmates from the U.S detention center at Guantanamo will be made individually.

Gitmo jury trials unlikely this year

WASHINGTON, May 6 (UPI) -- It is unlikely the many terror suspects held at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba will face a jury trial before the end of the year, U.S. officials say.

Ex-Gitmo prosecutor to testify for defense

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- The former chief U.S. prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay plans to testify in the case of Osama bin Laden's driver about political interference in detainee trials.

Aussie Taliban fighter David Hicks freed

ADELAIDE, Australia, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Confessed Australian terrorism supporter David Hicks has been released from prison near his home town of Adelaide, South Australia.

Gitmo detainee David Hicks ending sentence

ADELAIDE, Australia, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- David Hicks, the Australian detained more than five years by the United States at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is set to be released from jail in Adelaide, Australia.

Lindh parents seek his commutation

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- The parents of U.S. Muslim convert and terror detainee John Lindh have made their fourth attempt to have the White House commute his 20-year prison sentence.

Australian police to watch Hicks

SYDNEY, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Australian Attorney General Robert McClelland authorized the Australian Federal Police to seek a control order against former Guantanamo Bay inmate David Hicks.

Aussie lawyers honor U.S. Army defender

SYDNEY, June 19 (UPI) -- The Australian Bar Association is presenting honorary membership to U.S. Army Maj. Michael Mori.

Aussie terror supporter happy to be home

ADELAIDE, Australia, May 20 (UPI) -- Convicted terrorist supporter David Hicks, who spent five years in solitary confinement at Guantanamo Bay, returned Saturday to his home country of Australia.

Bush asked to shorten Lindh sentence

SAN FRANCISCO, April 5 (UPI) -- Lawyers for John Walker Lindh, the California man known as "The American Taliban," asked U.S. President George Bush to commute Lindh's 20-year sentence.
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David Matthew Hicks (born 7 August 1975) is an Australian who undertook terrorist training in al Qaeda-linked camps and served with the ruling Taliban regime in Afghanistan in 2001. He was then detained by the United States Government in Guantanamo Bay until 2007 when he became the first to be tried and convicted under the U.S. Military Commissions Act of 2006. Hicks's treatment, the evidence tendered against him, his trial outcome, and the newly created legal system under which he was prosecuted, drew widespread criticism and political controversy.

In 1999, Hicks converted to Islam and took the name Muhammed Dawood. He was captured in Afghanistan in December 2001 by the Afghan Northern Alliance and sold for a $1,000 bounty to the U.S. military. He was transported to Guantanamo Bay where he was designated an enemy combatant, during which time he alleges he was tortured. Charges were first filed against Hicks in 2004 under a military commission system newly created by Presidential Order. Those proceedings failed in 2006 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, that the military commission system was unconstitutional. The military commission system was re-established by an Act of the United States Congress. Revised charges were filed against Hicks in February 2007 before a new commission under the new Act. The following month, in accordance with a pre-trial agreement struck with convening authority Judge Susan J. Crawford, Hicks pleaded guilty to a single newly codified charge of "providing material support for terrorism". Hicks's legal team attributed his acceptance of the plea bargain to his "desperation for release from Guantanamo".

In April 2007, Hicks was returned to Australia to serve the remaining nine months of a suspended seven-year sentence. The nine month period precluded media contact and drew criticism for delaying his release until after the 2007 Australian election. Former Pentagon chief prosecutor, Colonel Morris Davis later alleged political interference in the case, by the Bush administration in the U.S. and the Howard government in Australia, and said that Hicks should not have been prosecuted.

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