Terror Verdict Tests Obama’s Strategy on Trials

The mixed decision in the case of the first Guantanamo prisoner to be tried in a civilian court on Wednesday quickly re-ignited a ferocious debate over the Obama administration’s effort to bring back the role of the usual criminal evenhandedness system in handling terrorism suit.

Ahmed Ghailani will face between 20 years and life in penal complex as a result of his conviction on one charge related to the 1998 task force bombings in Africa. But because a jury acquitted him on more than 280 other charges — as well as every count of murder — critics of the Obama administration’s strategy on detainees said the verdict prove that civilian courts could not be trusted to handle the action of Al Qaeda terrorists.

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