KSM defense team request public TV for terror trial

Oct 19, 2012

Reporting from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba–Defense attorneys for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM) and four other defendants argued that it is the responsibility of the government to air the terror trial of the century on public television to ensure that a fair and open courtroom is easily assessable for the world to view.

U.S. Marine Major William Hennesy, one of the many military defense attorneys, insisted that the world is watching America and the country’s judicial reputation is at stake. It’s a “fundamental fairness” issue.

However, the government maintained its past record speaks for itself. Citing the U.S. v. Moussaoui as precedent for television coverage. Zacarias Moussaoui was convicted of conspiring to kill U.S. civilians on 9/11 and is serving a life sentence without parole in the Colorado Supermax prison.

Judge Pohl did not render any decision on this matter, nor did he rule on the earlier motions regarding “presumptive classification” on tribunal constitutionality.

None of the accused terrorists chose to appear in court for today’s hearings.

Previous KSM stories: http://www.examiner.com/article/counsel-argue-over-the-constitutionality-of-9-11-military-tribunals

http://www.examiner.com/article/ksm-anti-american-diatribe-shocks-gitmo-courtroom

http://www.examiner.com/article/secret-courts-and-conclusive-censorship-at-gitmo-rule-the-day-1

http://www.examiner.com/article/ksm-asks-judge-to-wear-military-uniform-to-9-11-trial-1

http://www.examiner.com/article/ksm-can-skip-hearings-judge-issues-defendants-attendance-waivers-1

http://www.examiner.com/article/ksm-speaks-at-gitmo-trial-1

http://www.examiner.com/article/ksm-9-11-terror-mastermind-trial-set-to-resume-this-week-1

For more stories: http://www.examiner.com/homeland-security-in-national/kimberly-dvorak

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