Ex-Gitmo prosecutor suing over firing after op-eds

November 10, 2011 - 1:50 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The former chief military prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay is suing the Library of Congress for firing him after he spoke out against the Obama administration's decision to try some suspected terrorists before military tribunals.

Attorneys for retired Air Force Col. Morris Davis are in a federal appeals court in Washington fighting to continue the case he brought against the former supervisor who fired him.

The administration says Davis violated his responsibility as a high-level official at the Congressional Research Service when he wrote critical opinion pieces in The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal.

Davis says he was writing as private citizen with a constitutional right to free speech.

The research service is a division of the library and is responsible for producing objective nonpartisan reports to lawmakers.