Sunday, November 15, 2009

Giuliani Loses Faith In Our Criminal Justice System

Speaking to CNN's "State of the Union," Rudy Giuliani criticized the Obama administration for its decision to hold a criminal trial in New York City for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other alleged September 11 terrorists:

Giuliani: "It is an unnecessary advantage to give to terrorists. I don’t know why you'd want to give terrorists advantages and, secondly, it's an unnecessary risk. ...Our federal system has an enormously protracted process that's going to go on forever….It grants more benefits than a military tribunal will grant. There's always the possibility of acquittal, change of venue.”

Apparently Giuliani had much more faith in our criminal justice system in the past, when he praised the conviction of the World Trade Center bombers in 1993:

“ ‘It should show that our legal system is the most mature legal system in the history of the world,’ he [Giuliani] said...”-The New York Times, 3/5/94

Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani declared that the verdict ‘demonstrates that New Yorkers won’t meet violence with violence, but with a far greater weapon — the law.’ ”-The New York Times, 3/5/94

“I think it shows you put terrorism on one side, you put our legal system on the other, and our legal system comes out ahead,” said Giuliani.-CBS Evening News, 3/5/94

Giuliani testified for the Justice Department in the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui and had this response in 2006 to the latter's conviction in Federal Court:

After Moussaoui's trial resulted in a sentence of life in prison without parole, Giuliani reportedly praised the legal process as demonstrating "that we can give people a fair trial, that we are exactly what we say we are. We are a nation of law." He added that Moussaoui will "be a symbol of American justice." He also reportedly said he was "in awe of our system."-New York Daily News, 5/4/2006

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