Death Penalty Trial to Resume for KSM

Alleged 9/11 mastermind's military trial will continue
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 4, 2012 1:29 PM CDT
Death Penalty Trial to Resume for KSM
This 2003 file picture shows Khalid Sheik Mohammed, shortly after his capture during a raid in Pakistan.   (AP Photo, File)

The long-delayed effort to put alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed on trial lurched forward today, when the Pentagon approved a death penalty trial for Mohammed and his four alleged co-conspirators, the Washington Post reports. The trial will be conducted by a military commission at Guantanamo Bay, with an arraignment scheduled for next month.

The men were originally charged in 2008, but the Obama administration suspended the case in an ill-fated effort to hold the trial in a civilian federal court in New York. It could be a while before the trial actually begins, as all the pre-trial issues that came up last time will have to be re-litigated. Among them: whether the defendants are mentally capable of representing themselves, which for two defendants was still an open question when the case was suspended. (More Khalid Sheikh Mohammed stories.)

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