Stuart Couch

Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Couch is an American lawyer and officer in the United States Marine Corps.

Reaction to the attacks of September 11, 2001

Couch had a friend, from his Marine Corps service, Michael Horrocks, who was a co-pilot of one of the jets hijacked on September 11, 2001. Couch is reported to have returned to service, following the attacks, so he could "get a crack at the guys who attacked the United States."

Service as a prosecutor at the Guantanamo Military Commissions

Couch was assigned to serve as one of the prosecutors of Mohamedou Ould Slahi. He is reported to have called Slahi a captive "with blood on his hands."

Couch withdrew from Slahi's procecution team, although he believed Slahi was guilty, because he believed he was asked to use evidence that had been obtained through means of interrogation that violated the Uniform Code of Military Justice, U.S. laws, and the Unites States' treaty obligations.

On July 19, 2007 the Globe and Mail quoted an email from Couch:

Testimony before Congress

Couch was scheduled to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday November 8, 2007. An e-mail from the Department of Defense's General Counsel, William J. Haynes, II, informed him on November 7, 2007:

Congressional Representative Jerrold Nadler criticized the Bush Presidency for stonewalling by withholding Couch's testimony.

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