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Embassy Bombing Verdict May Discourage More Civilian Trials

Because they're innocent, let's just stop trying 'em: Embassy Bombing Verdict May Discourage More Civilian Trials 18 Nov 2010 The Obama administration may want to seek other ways to prosecute Guantanamo Bay inmates following a New York jury conviction of an alleged 'al-Qaeda' bomber [Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani] on only one of 285 counts in the 1998 attacks on U.S. embassies in Africa... The Ghailani case was a test of whether such a defendant could be prosecuted in a civilian court and, while resulting in a guilty verdict, may give pause to any Justice Department effort to seek more trials, legal experts said. Rebecca Lonergan, an ex-federal prosecutor who teaches national security law at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, said the federal government should create a special "national security court" to handle such cases. ['National security courts.' Gee, that could be a lot more ominous than the TSA pat-downs. But if Republicans embrace the idea, we won't be hearing any negative chatter about it in the media. --LRP]