W&M law students to help with detainee prosecutions

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by Mike Gooding, 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on January 21, 2010 at 5:33 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 21 at 6:18 PM

WILLIAMSBURG -- Some law students at the College of William and Mary are preparing for a big assignment.

25 students in the Marshall-Wythe Law School will do research and write legal memos to help Pentagon prosecutors build their cases against Guantanamo detainees.

The military commission's chief prosecutor contacted law professor Linda Malone for help on cases, including the bombing of the Norfolk-based USS Cole.

The students are excited to be taking part in these cases.

"It really is an opportunity to have a real impact while still in law school, which is completely rare," said Maria Kalinina.

Brian Wall added, "This kind of project really gives you a chance to do something meaningful that's going to help the country."

Malone says being asked to help the U.S. government is a testament to the great work of William and Mary law students.

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