Moving 9/11 Trial Away From NYC is Problematic
January 30, 2010
(ChattahBox)– The Obama administration has reportedly decided the trial for 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed will not be held in Manhattan, following objections from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Although Bloomberg was once an advocate for hosting trials in Manhattan, he changed his position Wednesday when estimates to provide the necessary security in downtown Manhattan would cost an estimated $1 billion over the course of the trial and expose the city to terrorist attacks.
But changing the venue for a civilian trial might not be so simple, because since the crime occurred in the U.S., the trial has to happen where at least one part of the conspiracy took place. And since prosecutors likely want to bring murder charges against Mohammed and his four co-defendants for the deaths of 3,000-plus, that would restrict the location to the three places where blood was shed: the Southern District of New York, the Eastern District of Virginia or the Western District of Pennsylvania, according to the NY Daily News. Some have suggested nearby military installations, like West Point, might have to be used. Naysayers of last year’s decision of Attorney General Eric Holder’s announcement that the trial would take place in Manhattan federal court, still maintain that the accused terrorists should not have civilian trials, and should be tried instead through the military tribunal system.