The first civilian trial of a Guantánamo detainee prompted questions about whether civilian court is the best place for alleged terrorists.
A US judge rejected leniency for Al Qaeda conspirator Ahmed Ghailani, who alleged mistreatment during harsh interrogations. His trial was the first of a Guantánamo detainee in a civilian US court.
Ahmed Ghailani's acquittal on 284 of 285 counts revives criticism of the Obama administration's policy to try terror cases in civilian courts. White House hails the single conviction as a victory.
Osama Bin Laden: Prosecutors asked last week that they be allowed to show jurors bin Laden's words, including a television interview in which he said US civilians were targets of his holy war against the West.
Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani will stand trial in September for the 1998 truck bombing of the American Embassy in Tanzania despite Mr. Ghailani lawyers' objections that the US violated his speedy-trial rights. Ghailani has been detained by the US for at least five years.
New York's federal courts have seen many major terrorist trials since the early 1990s, several involving Al Qaeda-linked operatives.
Halfway to President Obama’s deadline, basic aspects of the closure are undecided.