Holder: still no decision on trial venue for accused 9/11 conspirators

US Attorney General Eric Holder said during an interview  Sunday on CBS’s Face the Nation that no final decision has been reached as to whether accused 9/11 conspirators, such as Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, will be tried in civilian court or by military tribunal.

Holder reiterated his support for holding the trials in civilian courts saying that the criminal justice system has been proven an effective location for terrorism trials and that excluding civilian courts as a possible tool in fighting terrorism would ultimately weaken the nation’s security.

One limitation on military tribunals Holder cited is the ability to sentence a person to death who has pleaded guilty. He told CBS’ “Face the Nation” that it’s possible to impose the death penalty in a civilian setting for someone who pleads guilty. But he says there’s far less legal certainty about that possibility in a military setting.

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