Holder Downplays Concerns Over 9/11 Trial


Fox News
November 18, 2009

[efoods]Despite growing concerns that trying Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and others in civilian court triggers a host of complications for the prosecution, Attorney General Eric Holder says he’s confident the cases will be “successful.”

Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday stood by his decision to send five alleged Sept. 11 conspirators to New York for trial, saying his team carefully considered the potential downsides of taking the case out of the military commission system but ultimately determined federal court was the best option.

Despite growing concerns that trying Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and others in civilian court triggers a host of complications for the prosecution, Holder said he’s confident the cases will be “successful.”

“We looked at a variety of things — about the questions of admissibility of evidence … what problems we might have with regard to any witnesses,” Holder said. “I mean the whole variety of things that we considered in making those judgments.”

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