Appeals Court Blasts Judge Who Ordered Terrorist Freed
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The Clinton-appointed federal judge who ordered the release of an Al Qaeda terrorist with close ties to Osama bin Laden got slammed this week by the appeals court that overturned her ruling, characterized as “manifestly incorrect” and “startling” in the appellate decision.
Last fall Judge Gladys Kessler ordered the U.S. government to free Mohammed Al-Adahi, a Yemeni who trained with Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, from the
In her August 2009 ruling Judge Kessler acknowledged that the government’s evidence against Al-Adahi appeared “compelling and sensational,” but did not constitute actual, reliable evidence that would justify his detention. Kessler ordered Al-Adahi released and the government quickly appealed to the D.C Circuit.
In its unanimous ruling a three-judge panel says that Kessler reached her decision “through a series of legal errors” and that she “clearly erred” in her treatment of the evidence and in her view of the law. “In all, there can be no doubt that Al-Adahi was more likely than not part of Al-Qaida,” the court wrote.
Al-Adahi got shipped to