War Crimes Prosecutor for the 21st Century
David M. Crane was appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan as Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone in the spring of 2002 and he served in this post from April 2002 until July 15, 2005. He was the first U.S. war crimes prosecutor since U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson presided over the International War Crimes Tribunal in Nuremberg after World War II.
Prior to his service as Chief Prosecutor, he spent 30 years working for the United States Federal Government. Posts he has held include Director of the Office of Intelligence Review, assistant general counsel of the Defense Intelligence Agency and the Waldemar A. Solf Professor of International Law at the United States Army Judge Advocate Generals School. He has over 20 years of experience as an officer and lawyer in the United States Army.
Crane holds a Doctorate of Law degree from Syracuse University, a Masters of Arts Degree in African Studies and a Bachelor of General Studies in History, summa cum laude, from Ohio University. His various awards include the Intelligence Community Gold Seal Medallion awarded by the Director of Central Intelligence, the Department of Defense/DoDIG Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, and the Legion of Merit.