Accused September 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed used his first day in court to intimidate his co-defendants into refusing their right to counsel, a lawyer involved in the proceedings said Thursday.
Maj. Jon Jackson was one of several attorneys who appeared before a military judge Thursday to represent five al Qaeda operatives accused in the September 11 attacks.
By the end of the 10-hour arraignment, Mohammed and co-defendant Ramzi bin al-Shibh had informed the judge that they wished to die as martyrs, and all five men had refused their right to counsel, saying that they recognized only Sharia, or Islamic law. Read full article »
CNN's Kelli Arena, Kevin Bohn, Carol Cratty and Mike Mount contributed to this report.