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Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani was acquitted Wednesday of all but one count of conspiracy-related charges, in a landmark civilian trial involving the first Guantanamo detainee to be tried in civilian court.

Ghailani was convicted by a federal jury on a charge of conspiracy to destroy buildings and U.S. property, in connection with his role in the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.

The trial had been widely considered a testing ground for the Obama administration, which has said that it could try some terrorism suspects outside military tribunals and in civilian courts.

The U.S. Justice Department responded to the verdict in a written statement, saying, "We respect the jury's verdict and are pleased that Ahmed Ghailani now faces a minimum of 20 years in prison and a potential life sentence for his role in the embassy bombings."

Ghailani faced charges of conspiracy and murder in the 1998 attacks on U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The bombings, for which al Qaeda claimed responsibility, killed 224 people, including a dozen Americans, and wounded thousands of others.

Federal Judge Lewis Kaplan had rejected a defense plea for a mistrial on Monday after a juror claimed to be chastised by fellow jurors for disagreeing with their conclusions, fueling speculation of a possible mistrial.

Kaplan read aloud a note that he received from the juror, who asked to be "excused or exchanged" in the trial of the 36-year-old Tanzanian, telling his defense attorneys that it was not grounds for a mistrial.

Ghailani's defense attorneys had maintained that he was exploited by al Qaeda for his local knowledge of Tanzania, but was not a conspiring member of the group that later claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Wednesday's verdict raises broader questions regarding Guantanamo detainees and their prospects of facing civilian courts.

"The greater relevance has been the debate in this country of whether [alleged] terrorists held in Guantanamo can effectively be tried in a federal district court even though there may be problems with government witnesses," said Scott Silliman, executive director for the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security.

Kaplan had previously ruled that prosecutors could not call a key witness in the trial because Ghailani was coerced into disclosing the witness's identity.

The prosecution, which made its closing arguments November 8, had accused Ghailani in a total of 285 counts of conspiracy and terrorism-related charges.

Ghailani was captured in Pakistan in 2004 and moved to Guantanamo two years later.

He was transferred to a federal prison in New York last year.
 

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Looks like the libs experiment to get all those misunderstood poor peace loving muslims off almost worked .
Oh well maybe next time.
 

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U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, said Wednesday's verdict confirms that the Obama administration's decision to try Gitmo detainees in civilian courts "was a mistake and will not work."

"This case was supposed to be the easy one, and the Obama administration failed — the Gitmo cases from here-on-out will only get more difficult," Hoekstra, of Michigan, said in a statement.
 

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Wow! The ACLU won...but it lost...
The big problem here being, that the Gitmo detainees will not see trials, will not see tribunals, and the 3000+ families that lost loved ones will never see closure or any form of justice as the ACLU will continue to 'lobby' for the legal rights of the combatants.

I still see Holder trying for a trial again in NYC for KSM, but the pubs can block the funding of it now...cool. :nuts:
 

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U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, said Wednesday's verdict confirms that the Obama administration's decision to try Gitmo detainees in civilian courts "was a mistake and will not work."

"This case was supposed to be the easy one, and the Obama administration failed — the Gitmo cases from here-on-out will only get more difficult," Hoekstra, of Michigan, said in a statement.
Deciding the fate of a person should never be easy. In this case the guy will be spending 20+ years in prison.
 

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1 year for every 11.2 people murdered. What an awesome idea civilian trials are.

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He got 20 to life. We cant do that math until he is released.
 

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Maybe we should use the libtard's logic against them...
Use sharia law, and stone the mofo to death.
 

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They are already appealing the last charge.
 

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Deciding the fate of a person should never be easy. In this case the guy will be spending 20+ years in prison.
Not with good time.. and time already served. He'll be out in 15... unless the parole board thinks the way you do... then it could be 10 or less.
 

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Not with good time.. and time already served. He'll be out in 15... unless the parole board things the way you do... then it could be 10 or less.
Exactly. :agree:

Figure in his appeal in the liberal courts, time served, and he'll be out in 3-5 from now. :nuts:

Given a couple years to blend back in and set up his new terror plot and he should be back to killing in what??? 7 years?
 

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Not surprised living in a society where wrong has become right
 

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Exactly. :agree:

Figure in his appeal in the liberal courts, time served, and he'll be out in 3-5 from now. :nuts:

Given a couple years to blend back in and set up his new terror plot and he should be back to killing in what??? 7 years?
Not a chance. Holder will have Obama pardon him and then Janet Incompitano will give him a job overlooking security at LAX.
 

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Deciding the fate of a person should never be easy. In this case the guy will be spending 20+ years in prison.
unfortunately, we give the guy 3 hots and a cot. thats all of our money payin for it. i say we reduce our tax burden and kill him. he cost us too much already
 
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