Plea Deal Negotiations Could Help 9/11 Terrorists Avoid Death Penalty

Plea Deal Negotiations Could Help 9/11 Attackers Avoid Death Penalty

( – Prosecutors and defense attorneys at Guantanamo Bay are in negotiations over what will happen with the cases of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other 9/11 terrorists. Reports say potential plea agreements could take away the death penalty option for the mastermind of the attacks and his cohorts. But that isn’t sitting well with many Republicans.

These five men are in the federal detention center awaiting trials for plotting the 9/11 attacks that took the lives of nearly 3,000 Americans. The main sticking point keeping these cases in limbo centers around the use of confessions obtained by the FBI.

Army Col. George C. Kraehe is the interim chief prosecutor of this case, while Army Brig Gen Jackie L. Thompson is chief defense counsel. Reports say prosecutors and defense attorneys are currently in negotiations, and the death penalty could be off the table if an agreement is reached.

Representative Mike Turner (R-OH) quickly condemned the possibility of removing the death penalty, saying the actions of the accused men were too deadly and damaging to entertain the idea of giving them an agreement sparing their lives. Representative Michael McCaul (R-TX) agreed with Turner, asking if this case doesn’t call for the death penalty, what type of case would?

Legal professionals contend negotiations often include the removal of the death penalty. Such concessions are not unusual or unheard of in the US. Should prosecutors offer to remove the death penalty to get a deal and move the cases forward, or are the crimes too severe to consider that possibility?

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