April 12, 2017

Lawyers defending a Guantanamo Bay detainee facing the death penalty sued the Department of Defense in a federal court Tuesday claiming they're forced to live and work in facilities with high levels of cancer-causing toxins.

The plaintiffs, current and former U.S. JAG Corps lawyers and civilian attorneys, are defending a detainee who faces the death penalty in military legal proceedings at Guantanamo Bay's Camp Justice. The Navy began investigating possible environmental hazards at Camp Justice in 2015 after a lawyer filed a complaint.

The Navy concluded the area was safe to live and work in, but attorneys behind Tuesday's lawsuit called the report flawed.

"Our point in the lawsuit is they don't have a basis for that conclusion," said Dan Small, of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, who represents several plaintiffs. "They haven't done an investigation that would allow them to reach that conclusion. So they don't have a basis for requiring people to live and work at Camp Justice, when they know there are dangerous substances there, including carcinogens."

The lawsuit is also being handled by Johanna Hickman, also of Cohen Milstein, and Venable's Michael Davis and Margaret Fawal.

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