Friday, November 20, 2009

Skelton Not Happy With Terrorist Trial in NYC

House Armed Services Committee chair Ike Skelton broke with the Obama administration on trying the men accused of plotting terrorist attacks in U.S. criminal courts.
"As a former prosecutor, I am not yet convinced that the right decision was made in these cases, nor that the presumption in favor of federal criminal trials over military tribunals for these detainees should continue," Skelton wrote in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates asking for a full briefing on the decision.
The Hill has posted Skelton's entire letter.
REUTERS notes: "It has been mostly Republicans who have been critical of Holder's decision, questioning whether it will be easier to get a conviction in a criminal court rather than a military one because some of the evidence was obtained through coercive interrogations and probably cannot be used."

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