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  •  Our Federal courts are very good (0+ / 0-) convicting people and putting them away for long periods.

    Conviction rates are so high, in fact, that the rational response to Federal charges is to cop a plea and start planning for a stay in the pen rather than wasting money trying to get acquitted.

    If the McVeigh case is any guide, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed would be getting executed about now if he had been tried in the regular U.S. legal system.

    •  Doubtful (0+ / 0-)

      Remember that McVeigh actually asked to be executed which greatly sped up the process.  And the judge even had to deliberate on if he was sane because he asked for it, and therefore whether it could be granted or not.  Deathrow inmates get a minimum of 3 appeals I think, which is why it takes 20 yrs and $millions to carry out the sentence.

      So if these guys get in the court system it should take quite a long time.  How many years did it take to get the 20th hijacker tried, and that was for life in prison. 5 or 6 I think.

      •  Believe appeals would have been dismissed quickly (0+ / 0-)

        KSM hasn't exactly been trying to deny his guilt and may well have welcomed his chance at martyrdom.

        I'm not sure it would make a big difference in how long it would take to convict, and likely execute, him.

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