NACDL News: First Guantánamo Conviction Vacated; Further Evidence Military Commissions Are a Failure

On Feb. 18, a military appeals court overruled the conviction of David Hicks, the first person to be convicted of a war crime by a military commission at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Hicks, an Australian, pleaded guilty in 2007 to a single charge of providing material support to a terrorist organization. His conviction was overturned because the offense he was charged with was not considered a war crime at the time.