Omar Khadr’s Military Lawyer Collapses at Hearing
Posted Aug 12, 2010 4:37 PM CDT
By Molly McDonough
The military lawyer for Omar Khadr, who is being tried in Guantanamo Bay, collapsed at the end of a hearing Thursday.
Army Lt. Col. Jon Jackson, who began coughing and asked the judge for a brief recess, collapsed when he reached for a bottle of water, the Toronto Star reports.
Jackson reportedly regained consciousness, but was taken by ambulance to the base hospital.
The Star reports the scene as a dramatic end to the first day of Khadr's long-awaited trial. Opening statements portrayed two Khadrs. Either he is "a trained al-Qaida terrorist who murdered a U.S. soldier, or a kid sent to Afghanistan by a father who 'hated his enemies more than he loved his son.' "
Khadr, who was captured in Afghanistan when he was 15, is accused of throwing a grenade during a firefight that killed an American soldier, Sgt. Christopher Speer.
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