Heading Toward a Mistrial in Ghailani Case?

by Daniel Foster

A juror in the trial of Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, the Obama administration’s hand-picked choice for the first civilian prosecution of a Guantanamo detainee, has asked the judge to excuse her from further deliberations. The juror, a 53-year-old Bronx native, said in an (ungrammatical) note to the judge that she was alone in her conclusion and feared attacks from fellow jurors:

The juror who sent the note, which was somewhat ungrammatical, said she felt “secure and I have come to my conclusion but it doesn’t agreed with the rest of the juror.”

“My conclusion, it not going to change,” the juror wrote.

Ghailani’s defense attorney has cited the juror’s concerns as evidence of a deadlock and has called for a mistrial, a move the judge is so far resisting.

Though Ghailani has confessed to his role in the 1998 bombing of two American embassies in east Africa, the outcome of the trial was put in doubt when the court ruled that the confession and other evidence obtained through interrogation was inadmissible.

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