Jeanne Theoharis, professor of political science at Brooklyn College and co-founder of Educators for Civil Liberties, discusses Syed Fahad Hashmi’s years of pretrial solitary confinement on extremely tenuous material support for al-Qaeda charges, how Syed’s supposed accomplice became a government witness against him for a reduced sentence, classified evidence defendants can’t see and lawyers need to be vetted for, Syed’s acceptance of a 15-year plea deal one day before the trial’s start, torture’s effectiveness at producing false confessions and forcing plea deals and how US prisoner mistreatment has led European countries to refuse extradition requests.
MP3 here. (19:56)
Jeanne Theoharis is professor of political science at Brooklyn College. She is the co-founder of Educators for Civil Liberties.