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A Marine Corps brigadier general who was held in contempt Wednesday and detained amid a dispute over attorney-client protections at Guantanamo Bay is the kind of Kafkaesque quagmire that Miller & Chevalier’s Barry Pollack said calls him to bat.

Pollack, head of Miller’s white-collar and internal investigations practice, on Thursday filed a federal habeas petition in Washington federal district court on behalf of Brig. Gen. John Baker, chief defense counsel of the Military Commissions Defense Organization System.

A commission judge held Baker in contempt and ordered him confined for 21 days for refusing to rescind his Oct. 11 decision to excuse three civilian lawyers from their defense of Saudi Abd Al-Rahim Al-Nashiri, charged with organizing the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole in Yemen in 2000.

Barry Pollack. Credit: Diego M. Radzinschi/ ALM

“The government has for years promised us the only people detained at Gitmo are the worst of the worst,” Pollack said in an interview with the National Law Journal on Thursday. “With the confinement of General Baker, a military judge has detained the best of the best.”

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Marcia Coyle

Marcia Coyle, based in Washington, covers the U.S. Supreme Court. Contact her at [email protected]. On Twitter: @MarciaCoyle

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