Gitmo Detainee To Be Tried in Federal Criminal Court

A little bit of progress. President Obama will announce tomorrow that one of the Guantanamo detainees will be transferred to New York for trial in U.S. District Court:

Ahmed Ghailani, suspected of taking part in al Qaeda plots to bomb U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania among other crimes, would be the first former detainee at the detention center to face trial in the United States.

They tried and convicted Jose Padilla in federal criminal court. While he was held at a miltary brig rather than Gitmo, it's been done before and can and should be done again when criminal charges are warranted. We need to keep public pressure on the President. It seems to be having an effect.

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    Speedy Trial? (none / 0) (#1)
    by Ben Masel on Thu May 21, 2009 at 12:25:50 PM EST
    i know it's not common for cases of this magnitude to be dismissed solely on the basis of denial of due process rights to a speedy trial, but the facts here seem to make it reasonable.

    What happens if Ghailani prevails on such a motion?

    Perhaps they picked Ghailani for trial (none / 0) (#2)
    by Ben Masel on Thu May 21, 2009 at 12:53:00 PM EST
    precisely because they hope to set a precedent essentially wiping out the Right to Speedy Trial?