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Bloomberg Wants Terror Trial Moved

Mayor cites cost, disruption to downtown life
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 27, 2010 4:15 PM CST
Bloomberg Wants Terror Trial Moved
Khalid Sheik Mohammed.   (AP Photo/www.muslm.net)

(Newser) – Count Mayor Bloomberg among those who don't want the trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to take place in Manhattan. “It would be great if the federal government could find a site that didn’t cost a billion dollars, which using downtown will,” he said, in what the New York Times notes is a reversal from his original stance.

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“It’s going to cost an awful lot of money and disturb an awful lot of people,” he said. “Can we provide security? Yes. Could you provide security elsewhere? Yeah, and I mean—the suggestion of a military base is probably a reasonably good one." His comments might help the efforts of a Lower Manhattan community panel that's lobbying Attorney General Eric Holder to move the trial. (Read more Michael Bloomberg stories.)

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