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Guantanamo Frowned on John Grisham Books
- By JESS BRAVIN
The military prison at Guantanamo Bay makes sure that the suspected terrorists it houses don't receive dangerous materials—things like weapons, narcotics and, of course, books by John Grisham.
Capt. Justin Swick, a military defense attorney, thought that the lawyer-novelist's works could help his client, Sufiyan Barhoumi, learn American legal principles. But guards seized the books when the lawyer tried to bring two paperbacks, along with their audio editions, during a recent client visit. Capt. Swick says Guantanamo authorities explained the two paperbacks had been "rejected for content."
"The only detail I was given by the SJA [staff judge advocate, or base attorney] office was that John Grisham books are 'usually problematic,' " Capt. Swick said.