Decision to try 9/11 detainees in New York provokes heated debate


The decision by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder (pictured) to prosecute self-proclaimed 9/11-mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed in New York set off a major debate Friday over whether the move makes legal and practical sense.

Mohammed will face a jury trial in federal court in the Southern District of New York, only blocks away from the scene of the 2001 attack, where nearly 3,000 people lost their lives. "There were extraordinary crimes, and so we will seek maximum penalties," Holder said Friday in Washington, D.C. "I fully expect to direct prosecutors to seek the death penalty against each of the alleged 9/11 co-conspirators."