Prescott Prince

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Prescott Prince
Captain Prescott Prince, USN.jpg
Navy Capt. Prescott Prince, standby defense counsel for alleged Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, addresses media in McCalla Hangar following a hearing here, July 10, 2008
Born 1952 (age 64–65)
Service/branch United States Navy Reserve
Rank Captain

Prescott Prince (born November 15, 1954) is an American lawyer and officer in the United States Navy Reserve.[1][2][3][4][5][6] Prince is notable for being assigned to represent Guantanamo captive Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.


1976 B.A. Davidson College
1980 M.A. Radford University
1983 J.D. Washington and Lee University School of Law

Member of Kappa Alpha Order.

Legal career[edit]

Prince shifted from the regular Navy to the reserves in 1987 and graduated from Washington and Lee University School of Law,[2] and had a civilian law practice in Richmond, Virginia until his recall to active duty in June 2007.[2] For the remainder of 2007 Prince served as a "rule of law officer" in Iraq.

In 2008 Prince was assigned Khalid Sheikh Mohammed as a client.[6]


  1. ^ Josh Meyer (2008-05-24). "Defending KSM, 'the most hated man in the world'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2008-07-18. Prince, a Southern lawyer who only a year ago was running a small civilian defense practice, expects the case to go on for years and culminate in a landmark Supreme Court decision. To him, it's not only the welfare of his infamous client that matters, but also protecting the integrity of the Constitution, which he says the Bush administration has trampled by coercing information out of Mohammed and subjecting him to a system of military justice that is stacked against him.  mirror
  2. ^ a b c d "Prescott L. Prince was graduated from Washington and Lee Law School in 1983 and was admitted to the Virginia State Bar the same year." (PDF). Miami Herald. Retrieved 2008-07-18.  mirror
  3. ^ Carol Rosenberg (2008-04-08). "Navy lawyer gets tough mission — defending KSM". McClatchy News Service. Retrieved 2008-07-18.  mirror
  4. ^ Nat Mojer (2008-07-18). "Round 2" (PDF). 9 (21). The Wire (JTF-GTMO). p. 11. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  5. ^ "Transcript: CNN Newsroom". CNN. 2008-04-24. Retrieved 2008-07-20. Prince says he doesn't have the resources normally available in a capital case, so private legal groups are stepping in to help by recruiting civilian lawyers to aid the defense.  mirror
  6. ^ a b Jane Sutton (2008-04-25). "Accused September 11 planner meets his U.S. lawyer". Reuters. Retrieved 2008-07-20. At least for now, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has accepted Navy Capt. Prescott Prince as his defense attorney, Prince said by telephone after returning from the remote U.S. naval base in Cuba where the United States holds foreign terrorism suspects.  mirror