Friday, November 2, 2007

Coughenour on How to Try a Terrorist

Judge John Coughenour (W.D. Wash.) wrote an op ed in the New York Times disagreeing with Michael Mukasy's suggestion that we need a "new adjudicatory framework" for trials of terrorists. John C. Coughenour, How to Try a Terrorist, N.Y. Times, Nov. 1, 2007.

In 2001, I presided over the trial of Ahmed Ressam, the confessed Algerian terrorist, for his role in a plot to bomb Los Angeles International Airport. That experience only strengthened my conviction that American courts, guided by the principles of our Constitution, are fully capable of trying suspected terrorists.

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