06/29/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

New Guantanamo Tribunals Manual Leaves Key Questions Unanswered

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba -- The long awaited new rule book for the Obama-era war court doesn't resolve a key issue that bedeviled its predecessor: Whether an accused war criminal can plead guilty to a crime carrying the death penalty directly to a judge rather than to a military jury.

The issue is an important one because accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed had offered to plead guilty in order to achieve what he called "martyrdom.''

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