Eugene R. Fidell Statement on Moe Davis

Eugene R. Fidell, one of the country’s foremost scholars on military law and justice, has issued a statement affirming Moe Davis’s long-held stance against the use of torture in the military:

“I’ve known Col. Moe Davis for many years,’’ Fidell wrote in his statement. “In my opinion, he’s one of the straightest shooters in the field of military law. He was determined to bring to justice the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks (something we have yet to achieve), but at the same time he was deeply committed to doing so in a way that respects and preserves our national values. His stand against torture was and is a principled one. He also was instrumental in persuading Congress to guarantee the independence of the office of the military commissions Chief Prosecutor. That was a major achievement. As a veteran and as a lawyer, and even though I believe the country would have done well to send the 9/11 cases in to the civilian federal courts for trial, I respect Moe and am proud to have him as a friend.”

Fidell is Senior Research Scholar in Law and Florence Rogatz Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School, where he lectures on military justice and Guantanamo. He is Founder and President Emeritus of the National Institute of Military Justice and counsel to Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP in Washington, DC.

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