Lawyers for Accused Sept. 11 Mastermind Say Their Gitmo Offices Are a Health Hazard

Lawyers for accused Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed say they haven’t been able to work in their assigned offices because of the rats, rat droppings and mold.

The lawyers said in court documents that they have complained about the problems for more than a year, the Miami Herald reports. After two defense lawyers became ill in August, health workers determined that their offices are unfit for human habitation, the filing says. And space in a top-security trailer offered as an alternative is too small, the lawyers assert.

Defense lawyers have vacated the first floor offices; prosecutors continue to work from the second floor.

A cleanup should be completed by Monday. But the defense lawyers say the problems merit a delay in the trial, scheduled to begin Oct. 14.

Hat tip to How Appealing.

We welcome your comments, but please adhere to our comment policy and the ABA Code of Conduct.

Commenting is not available in this channel entry.