Obama will have to sign 9/11 suspect Sheikh’s death warrant if military court says soApril 6th, 2011 - 5:11 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Apr. 6 (ANI): US President Barack Obama will have to personally sign the death warrant for 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed if the military tribunal he’s going to face sentences him to the ultimate penalty.
Mohammed would most likely have to face the death penalty in a civilian proceeding — an avenue the Obama administration rejected yesterday after confronting withering pressure from lawmakers and families of September 11 victims.
According to the New York Post, the rules governing special military commissions, updated by a 2009 law, are entirely different.
The lives of the defendants would be in the hands of a jury of military officers in Guantanamo Bay who would follow special rules for evidence and witnesses.
Among the rules buried in a 2010 procedural manual is a provision that gives Obama ultimate authority over the man prosecutors will charge led the conspiracy to plan the deadly attacks.
“A punishment of death may be ordered executed only by the President,” according to the manual.
The president would also have the authority to “commute, remit, or suspend the sentence, or any part thereof, as he sees fit.”
But such a reprieve would be highly unlikely.
Obama has written that he backs the “ultimate punishment” in cases that are “heinous” and “beyond the pale.” (ANI)
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