Adis Medunjanin, accused of plotting to blow up the New York City subway system, was convicted in federal court in Brooklyn of multiple terrorism charges. Both the prosecution and defense said the trial showed that civilian courts are well suited to handle trials of terror suspects.
There was no disruption to the two-week trial, according to a New York Times article. In an ongoing debate, critics have contended that military tribunals are a fitter venue, given security risks associated with the trials, at least for defendants who were arrested overseas.
“The world and our national government, including all our politicians, should take note that this is the way crimes should be decided — not in a military commission,” said Robert C. Gottlieb, a lawyer for the defendant.