- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 2, 2009

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. (AP) - A judge who presided over the trial of a 9/11 conspirator says civilian courts would be able to handle the cases of Guantanamo Bay detainees.

U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema (LAY-uh-nee BRINK-uh-muh) says it’s not her place to reccommend whether the government should bring the suspected terrorists into civilian courts. But she told an audience Thursday at the University of Virginia law school the courts’ capability was demonstrated by the prosecution of Zacarias Moussaoui in her courtroom.

The Obama administration wants to close Guantanamo by January 2010.

Brinkema said the courts are equipped to handle classified information. But she said the government shouldn’t abuse classification procedures to avoid embarrassment about detainee mistreatment.

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