Haynes leaves the Department of Defense less than five months after former Guantanamo Bay chief military prosecutor Col. Morris Davis [official profile, PDF] resigned [JURIST report; JURIST op-ed] his position citing political pressure from the Defense Department. In an interview [text] with The Nation last week, Davis implied the tribunal process may be rigged [JURIST report], saying that Haynes had told him none of the detainees could be acquitted. President George W. Bush nominated Haynes for a federal appeals court judgeship multiple times since 2003, but the nomination was never approved by the Senate and was eventually withdrawn [JURIST reports] in 2007. Haynes' nomination met resistance [JURIST report] in part over his role in helping to draft the Defense Department's detention and interrogation policies after Sept. 11.
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