Saturday, January 30, 2010


Buzz of this started a few days ago, but Trib today has a piece suggesting Pittsburgh might wind up being the venue for the 9/11 trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.   Today the WashPo has a piece pointing to a potential $200 million dollar a year price tag to have the trial in Manhattan. Together the two pieces get you thinking. 

First off... a quote of $200 million per year? Beyond the number itself which probably isn't unrealistic for anything in Manhattan. It works out to the bonuses of a few bankers really. But the temporal reference.  I suppose it really is realistic to think of this all lasting for years, as in plural. As for the economic impact...  maybe the Common Plea will wind up running a daily 'Federal Marshal Special'. 

But when you think about it there is enough logic to think it will happen.  The connection with Flight 93 no doubt.   The logic that probably helped bring the G20 included the topography of Downtown which made it a bit easier to secure than a lot of other places... and then there is the simple argument that the administration could show up with and say we owe them one for the G20 itself. It is all clearly not a zero probability event.

So we could be the center of publicity for much of the world for an extended time... such is the Yin and Yang earned media.  My inner prognosticator feels like it could actually happen... but the betting man in me would place odds on that Northern District in Virginia which has some experience dealing with high profile cases just like this....  we will see.


Anonymous RoboticGhost said...

There is precedent for meting justice to bearded evildoers in Pittsburgh.

Saturday, January 30, 2010 12:18:00 PM  
Blogger Grimace said...

They could do the trial at the federal courthouse in Johnstown. It is a courthouse in the Western District. It is the closest federal courthouse to the Flight 93 crash site.

Plus, its in Johnstown. Probably not many radicals in Saudi Arabia know where Johnstown is - and chances are once they see what it looks like they will think someone beat them to it.

Saturday, January 30, 2010 7:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Joe said...

Bad idea to use Pittsburgh courts, in most high profile cases the guilty get off easy.

Saturday, January 30, 2010 8:21:00 PM  

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