Associated Press
June 6, 2011

The first civilian convicted by a US military court in more than 40 years contended on appeal Wednesday that the Constitution forbids military justice for civilians.

A lawyer for former Army translator Alaa “Alex” Mohammad Ali told an Army appeals court that upholding Ali’s conviction would be a “slippery slope” that would lead to increased use of military courts for civilians.

Ali, an Iraqi-Canadian, was prosecuted by the military after an altercation in Iraq during which he allegedly stole a US soldier’s knife and used it to stab another translator. He pleaded guilty to lesser charges.

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