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An America drowning in red ink is the land of the free no more
Topic - Michael Farbiarz
The U.S. government announced Sunday it would prosecute the first Guantanamo Bay detainee to face a civilian trial without its star witness because appealing a judge's ruling excluding him could cause significant delay and inconvenience other witnesses and victims.
The U.S. government has decided not to appeal a judge's decision to ban a key prosecution witness from testifying at the first civilian trial for a Guantanamo Bay detainee, saying it would cause a delay.
Prosecutors plan to give Osama bin Laden a starring role in the terrorism trial of the first Guantanamo Bay detainee to be tried in civilian courts, a test case in the debate over whether suspects scooped up in the war against terrorism can be prosecuted like everyone else.
In the letter, Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Farbiarz said the government disagreed with the judge's decision and would have appealed it under different circumstances.
He said many victims already have arrived in New York after a long wait to see Mr. Ghailani face trial after having traveled significant distances.