Prosecutors were ordered Tuesday to draft warrants permitting U.S.
Marshals to seize two civilian defense attorneys who left the USS Cole terrorism case and have refused to comply with a subpoena from the judge who is presiding over the case.
The judge, Air Force Col. Vance Spath, said he was prepared to sign the “writs of attachment” on Wednesday and advised the lawyer for civilian attorneys Rosa Eliades and Mary Spears to move quickly in order to prevent warrants from being issued.
Eliades and Spears quit the case in the fall due to an ethical issue concerning intrusion of attorney-client confidentiality and were released by Marine Brig.
Spath had instructed prosecutors to deliver subpoenas to Eliades and Spears to force them to make an appearance at the Military Commissions headquarters in Virginia on Tuesday to provide an explanation for their position.