The first members of the judicial panel formed by the US Defense Department to review findings of military commissions adjudicating terror cases have been sworn in at a Pentagon ceremony, the US military announced Wednesday. The Military Commission Review Panel includes former Carter Attorney General and former US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals judge Griffin Bell, Judge Edward G. Biester of the Court of Common Pleas of Bucks County, PA, William T. Coleman Jr. former transportation secretary under President Ford, and Chief Justice Frank Williams of the Rhode Island Supreme Court. According to the Defense Department:
Review panel members are responsible for reviewing military commission proceedings, including considering written and oral arguments by the defense, the prosecution and the government of the nation from which the accused is a citizen. The review panel has term limits, members can be removed only for good cause, and there is no chance for re-appointment. Their opinions will be published and have precedental value...Procedures and guidelines for the Military Commission Review Panel are set down in Military Commission Instruction No. 9 [PDF] (MCI-9). A full transcript of the swearing-in ceremony, with remarks by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, is online here. The American Forces Press Service has more on the swearing-in.