Sunday, May 12, 2013

 

Holder: Civilian courts capable of handling terrorism cases


Attorney General Eric Holder rejects what he sees as "tired and meritless political arguments" against civilian courts trying terrorism cases.

Getty Images: Chip Somodevilla. Attorney General Eric Holder
says civilian courts are capable of trying terrorism cases.

By AP
WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder says those who argue that civilian courts are incapable are handling terrorism cases "are simply wrong."

He says that after Sept. 11, 2001, members of Congress "placed unwise and unwarranted" restrictions on where certain suspected terrorists could be held, charged and prosecuted.

After the Boston Marathon bombings, Holder says "many of these tired and meritless political arguments" about the effectiveness of civilian courts have come up again.

On Saturday, he told law school graduates of the University of California, courts have shown a "robust ability to stop terrorists and collect intelligence," and he contends that any move to limit their use would be counterproductive.

The Justice Department in Washington released a copy of his speech.

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