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Justice comments on terror trial

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Senator Saxby Chambliss introduced a bill Tuesday that would prohibit 9/11 attack suspects from being tried in civilian court. It has some bi-partisan support.

Right now, the Obama administration plans to try accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammad in federal court. Chambliss claims that would be too expensive and dangerous, and he says terrorists don't deserve the same rights as American citizens.

Georgia Supreme Court Justice David Nahmias tried terror suspects as a federal prosecutor in Atlanta. He told us the court system can handle the case. "The Department of Justice has prosecuted a lot of terrorists successfully. We'll be able to prosecute anybody successfully. I have a lot of confidence in the folks of the Southern District of New York and the Justice Department," Nahmias said.

He admits a federal trial would be lengthy and difficult. He says he's disappointed the debate over how to handle terror suspects is still raging eight and a half years after 9-11. Nahmias spoke to Rotary Club members Tuesday in Albany.

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