Keith J. Allred

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Keith J. Allred is an American lawyer and retired Naval officer.[1]

Early Life and Career[edit]

Judge Allred entered the Navy in 1979 after completing a Bachelor of Arts degree with High Honors at Brigham Young University. Initially assigned as a surface warfare officer, he served three years at sea aboard destroyers USS OLDERNDORF (DD-972)and USS TOWERS (DDG-9), qualifying as a Command Duty Officer, Officer of the Deck at Sea, and Navigator, with much of his initial assignment forward deployed to the US SEVENTH FLEET, operating from Yokosuka Japan and westward in the Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf. In 1982 he was selected for the highly competitive Law Education Program, and accepted an offer to attend the University of Washington School of Law. He received his juris doctorate in 1985 from the University of Washington. He served in the U.S. Navy in various capacities: in 1995 as general counsel, Naval Medical Center, San Diego, Calif.; in 1999 as circuit trial judge, Western Pacific Judicial Circuit, Yokosuka, Japan; and in 2005 as senior trial judge, Western Judicial Circuit, and military

Military career[edit]

2003 - 2005
Summer 2006

Dismissed all charges against Salim Ahmed Hamdan[edit]

On June 4, 2007 Allred dismissed all charges against Salim Ahmed Hamdan.[2] Hamdan had been one of the first four Guantanamo captives to face charges before a military commission. It was Hamdan's habeas corpus request, Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, that resulted in the United States Supreme Court ruling that the first version of the Guantanamo military commissions were unconstitutional.

The United States Congress, which the Supreme Court had ruled did have the constitutional authority to institute military commissions passed the Military Commissions Act in the fall of 2006.[2]

Allred, and Peter Brownback, the officer presiding over Omar Khadr's Tribunal, ruled that the since the Act only authorized the Commissions to try "unlawful enemy combatants", and that Hamdan and Khadr's Combatant Status Review Tribunals had merely confirmed that the captives were "enemy combatants", the Commissions lacked jurisdiction.[2][3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c . He is best known for being the trial court judge for Salim Ahmed Hamdan. Keith J. Allred (Summer 2006). "Combating human trafficking". NATO Review. Retrieved June 7, 2007. 
  2. ^ a b c d Sergeant Sara Wood (June 4, 2007). "Judge Dismisses Charges Against Second Guantanamo Detainee". Department of Defense. Retrieved 2007-06-07. 
  3. ^ Sergeant Sara Wood (June 4, 2007). "Charges Dismissed Against Canadian at Guantanamo". Department of Defense. Retrieved 2007-06-07.