For Immediate Release
Attorney General Holder Defends Decision To Try 9/11 Suspects In Federal Court
Tells House Subcommittee That Final Administration Decision On Trials Still “Weeks Away”
WASHINGTON - In testimony before a House Appropriations Subcommittee today,
Attorney General Eric Holder defended the merits of his November
decision to try the 9/11 defendants in federal criminal court, but
nevertheless stated that the administration may still consider using the
untested military commissions, instead. Holder said a final decision
regarding the 9/11 suspects was “weeks away.”
terrorism-related convictions. Federal courts, on the other hand, have
produced over 300.
appropriate place to try terrorism suspects is in federal criminal
court, and that the military commissions are unable to deliver effective
and certain justice and should be shut down for good.
the ACLU Washington Legislative Office:
determined that our federal criminal courts are the best and most
effective choice for prosecuting the cases of the 9/11 defendants, and
it is encouraging that he stood behind his decision today. The minority
in Congress who are pushing for the administration to use the
illegitimate military commissions should be reminded that the military
commissions are untested, ineffective and contrary to American values
and the rule of law. Prosecuting these cases in federal court allows us
to pursue real justice in a competent and proven system that can deliver
reliable and trustworthy results.”
in federal criminal courts can be found at: http://www.aclu.org/national-
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