The Obama administration will announce today that accused Sept. 11 attacks mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed and three alleged co-conspirators will be tried in federal court in New York instead of a military commission.
Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to make a formal announcement at a press conference later today.
President Obama, speaking to reporters in Japan, said the federal trial will come with the same accountability standards as a military trial. “I am absolutely convinced that Khalid Sheik Mohammed will be subject to the most exacting demands of justice,” Obama said. “The American people insist on it, and my administration will insist on it.”
In other legal news,
Preemption problems: “Mess,” “Muddle” and “chaos” were words used do describe the state of the doctrine preemption after the Wyeth v. Levine decision – by people on both sides of the issue – at the Federalist Society’s National Lawyers Convention. (The BLT)
Med-mal HIPAA change: Medical malpractice defense lawyers may not know that they are likely covered by new HIPAA rules on privacy breaches of health data. (Lawyers USA)
Massey overturned again: For a third time, the West Virginia Supreme Court has overturned a $50 million judgment against Massey Energy – the case that went all the way to the Supreme Court, which ordered a rehearing of the case without the judge who received campaign contributions made by Massey’s CEO. (Charleston Gazette)
Gitmo casualty: Sources tell The Washington Post that White House Counsel Gregory Craig will resign as early as today, ending a tenure marred by the struggle to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center. (WaPo)