New attorney for accused Pentagon leaker Jack Teixeira won acquittals for Guantanamo Bay detainee

BOSTON — There is a new attorney representing Jack Teixeira, a Massachusetts guardsman who is accused of leaking dozens of highly classified U.S. intelligence documents.

Michael K. Bachrach is a criminal defense attorney from New York. Among his notable cases are “winning 284 counts of acquittal for Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, the first and thus far only Guantanamo Bay detainee to be transferred to civilian custody for trial,” according to Bachrach’s law website.

Ghailani had faced charges of conspiracy and murder in the 1998 terrorist bombings of the U.S. Embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Bachrach also won an acquittal on all counts for New York State Assemblyman William Boyland Jr., who had been accused of political corruption and bribery, according to his law website. He also has represented Vincent Basciano, the former boss of the Bonnano crime family.

U.S. Magistrate Judge David H. Hennessy granted a motion on Monday to appoint Bachrach as Teixeira’s defense attorney.

The FBI in April arrested the 21-year-old Teixeira at a home in North Dighton in connection with the leak of dozens of highly classified documents.

A federal judge on May 19 ordered Teixeira to remain behind bars while he awaits trial.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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