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February 15th, 2010
11:31 AM ET

Legal Issues of the 9/11 Trial

The proposed trial in federal court of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed continues to reverberate. New York City has now made clear it does not want the trial held there. And some argue he and his alleged co-conspirators should instead face justice in a military tribunal. Harvard law professor Noah Feldman joins CNN's Don Lemon to explain the differences between a trial in federal criminal court and one in a military tribunal.


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  1. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    This whole trial argument needs to stop and a decision needs to be made this argument is making our country look bad we need someone more firm making the decisions if Eric Holder cant make a decision stick then he needs to be replaced .

    February 15, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  2. ken

    Obama needs to stop listening to all the whiners and have the trial in NYC. The world trade center was destroyed by two stolen planes smashing into the side of each twin tower. The 19 hijackers none of which were from iraq, iran, or afghanistan are dead. The twin towers still haven't been re-built and NYC is losing 350 million a year in property tax revenue. The persons who said they planned 9/11 were never put on military trial by bush/cheney. It is time to stop the whining and have the trial in NYC. There are 37,000 police officers in NYC more than enough to provde protection for a couple of terrorists. Los angeles has only 10,000 police officers. NYC has the most police protection of any city in america. Does gitmo have 37,000 police officers?

    February 15, 2010 at 1:52 pm |
  3. Bertrand Azzopardi

    Hope there will be true justice. We need to start living in peace.

    February 16, 2010 at 4:52 am |
  4. Tom Mayhew

    Why do we feel the need to extend "American" rights to people who are not Americans? In my opinion, they are not entitled to a trial, or the rights of all Americans. If they did it, deal with it and "dispose" of them. We cannot fight an enemy with no rules, and be restrained by our own rules. The old saying goes, to beat the big dog on the block, you have to take the collar of your bigger, badder dog. Lets send a message to the terrorists in the world that if we catch you, you wont have to worry about a trial.

    February 16, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  5. MR.AL

    iF he is a proven terrorist? and had anything to do with nine eleven he needs to be punished acordimgly. And life in prision isn't an option!!! Stop wasting money on a long drawn out trial!!!!

    February 16, 2010 at 1:31 pm |
  6. A. Smith, Oregon

    The Death Penalty should be removed for any defendant that voluntarily pleads GUILTY to the expected charges on several of these GITMO defendants.

    If they chose to plead guilty, their court appearance would be minimal at best. With closed circuit court systems, none of these individuals would even need to be physically in the court room.

    1) A hearing to enter their plea.

    2) A sentencing of life without parole

    3) Move that prisoner to a super max prison for the rest of their life.

    Minimal court costs, security costs and very little political fanfare and fallout. The European courts and America's neighbors who have removed the death penalty from its sentencing guidelines would also applaud the decision AND instead of being tied up with dealing with these criminals, America could move on and focus on its many other ongoing problems.

    February 18, 2010 at 12:27 am |
  7. Dan Nelson Lafayette,IN

    I think that paying for their incarceration for the rest of their live is not punish enough they are prisoners of war and if they are guilty of any terrorist plotting then they should be tried by a military commission and given the death penalty! These terrorists then would be judged by God and thrown into hell for eternity. They deserve no better treatment!

    February 18, 2010 at 9:25 am |
  8. Phil

    A Military Tribunal would be the best way to go. It takes the pressure off any city and places it in the hands of the people who caught them.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:14 am |
  9. Angie

    The military trial cases from the Bush and Cheney era, All the accused and convicted fellons are back in their countries and free to continue their terrorists activities.

    Those tried in the Federal courts, Are Still In Prison and serving life long sentences. Separated from each other and other prisoners.

    So what do Republicans want, and what do Tea Partiers want?

    So with these facts that can Never be disputed – The Republicans and the Tea Partiers want to continue the military trials with all the accused and convicted fellons back in their countries and free to continue their terrorists activities.

    Well done Republicans, well done Tea Partiers, Well Done.

    February 18, 2010 at 1:21 pm |