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Holder: Terror Trials Still Possible in NYC

He also says he hopes the US captures Osama alive
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 14, 2010 3:30 PM CDT
Holder: Terror Trials Still Possible in NYC
Attorney General Eric Holder testifies on Capitol Hill.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

(Newser) – Turns out the debate on holding terror trials in New York City isn't settled after all. Attorney General Eric Holder told a Senate panel today that "New York isn't off the table"—even though the Obama administration said as much earlier this year when Mayor Bloomberg and others balked. Holder said a decision will be made in a matter of weeks, reports the New York Times.

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Sen. Chuck Schumer's reaction: “We know the administration is not going to hold the trial in New York. They should just say it already.” On another front, Holder backpedaled a bit from his comment last month that Osama bin Laden would never be taken alive, notes the Wall Street Journal. It's still unlikely, he said, but “our hope would be to capture him, interrogate him, and get useful intelligence.” (Read more Eric Holder stories.)

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