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Holder: Failure in 9/11 Trial “Not an Option”

In 9/11 News on November 21, 2009 at 10:30 am

According to an NPR report, Att. Gen. Holder says that failure in obtaining a guilty conviction in the KSM trial is “not an option.”  Listen to the story here.

SHAPIRO: Fine, said Democratic Senator Herb Kohl of Wisconsin, but what if Khalid Sheikh Mohammed stands trial and the jury acquits him.

Senator HERB KOHL (Democratic, Wisconsin): What would be your next step, I’m sure you must have talked about it?

SHAPIRO: Holder was unequivocal.

Att. Gen. HOLDER: Failure is not an option. Failure is not an option. These are cases that have to be won. I don’t expect that we will have a contrary result.

SHAPIRO: Kohl called that an interesting point of view and the audience in the hearing room chuckled. Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa asked Holder, given how unpredictable juries are, how can you say failure to convict is not an option?

Senator CHUCK GRASSLEY (Republican, Iowa): It just seemed to me ludicrous, you know, I’m a farmer, not a lawyer but I just want to make that observation.

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