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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Saturday, November 14, 2009

"Accused 9/11 Mastermind to Face Civilian Trial in N.Y."

The New York Times story addressing the controversy over trying some of the suspects in a civilian trial and others before military commissions is here. As to those being tried in civilian court, critics

argued that Qaeda suspects did not deserve the protections afforded by the American criminal justice system, that bringing them into the United States would heighten the risk of another terrorist attack, that civilian trials increase the risk of disclosing classified information, and that if the detainees were acquitted they could be released into the population.

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