Court Access for Terror Suspects Focus of Lively Debate

Ahmad Assad
Ahmad Assad makes a point; Afsheen John Radsan, center, and Moses Winston (`12), president of the Federalist Society, look on.

Afsheen John Radsan, a professor at William Mitchell College of Law, and Ahmad Assed (`94), a criminal defense lawyer in Albuquerque, squared off at a Sept. 29 debate that asked the question, "Should high level terror suspects be denied access to civilian courts?"

Both lawyers were invited to participate in the lunchtime debate at the University of New Mexico School of Law by the school's Federalist Society and the New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.

Radsan is also director of the National Security Forum, former assistant counsel to the CIA and a former assistant U.S. attorney. Assed runs a small law firm and is a member of the defense team representing Guantanamo Bay prisoner Abd Al-Rahim Hussain Mohammed Al-Nashiri, who is charged with masterminding the bombing of the USS Cole in 2000.