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8/23 Motions Session #5: In Re: Ruiz

Raffaela Wakeman, Wells Bennett
Friday, August 23, 2013, 1:25 PM

Let us now discuss, for but a fleeting moment, the ongoing representation status of CDR Walter Ruiz.

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Let us now discuss, for but a fleeting moment, the ongoing representation status of CDR Walter Ruiz.

He is an activated reservist, with orders expiring in early September.  He has sought and obtained an extension for those orders, the validity of which is the subject of some dispute.  At the same time, Ruiz also separately has requested to continue as civilian counsel, and his request remains pending before the Convening Authority.  The court thus worries aloud, as he certainly doesn’t want the proceedings to go forward---he hints at next session---in a less than orderly manner.  For what it’s worth, Judge Pohl says, a lack of action from the Convening Authority could affect our schedule, if indeed an accused winds up not having any default counsel.  That notwithstanding, the military judge takes no formal action, and says nothing definitive about Ruiz’s orders, other than to express concern about the situation going forward.  The lawyer tells the court that the Chief Defense Counsel has been acting zealously on his behalf, and explains further about his position for the next month or so.

The parties agree that, come time, Ruiz’s status can be resolved on the papers alone.

After a brief housekeeping discussion, the commission recesses for lunch.

Raffaela Wakeman is a Senior Director at In-Q-Tel. She started her career at the Brookings Institution, where she spent five years conducting research on national security, election reform, and Congress. During this time she was also the Associate Editor of Lawfare. From there, Raffaela practiced law at the U.S. Department of Defense for four years, advising her clients on privacy and surveillance law, cybersecurity, and foreign liaison relationships. She departed DoD in 2019 to join the Majority Staff of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, where she oversaw the Intelligence Community’s science and technology portfolios, cybersecurity, and surveillance activities. She left HPSCI in May 2021 to join IQT. Raffaela received her BS and MS in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2009 and her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 2015, where she was recognized for her commitment to public service with the Joyce Chiang Memorial Award. While at the Department of Defense, she was the inaugural recipient of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s General Counsel Award for exhibiting the highest standards of leadership, professional conduct, and integrity.
Wells C. Bennett was Managing Editor of Lawfare and a Fellow in National Security Law at the Brookings Institution. Before coming to Brookings, he was an Associate at Arnold & Porter LLP.

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