Prediction: Mohammed Coverage Won’t Stop Jury Selection


Khalid Sheik Mohammed’s federal trial in New York City won’t be derailed by a waterboarding defense or inability to find a jury, CBS News legal analyst Andrew Cohen writes in the Washington Post. Cohen, who says the trial “could be one of the biggest legal landmarks in American history,” says he choice of the New York venue “indicates that [prosecutors] have plenty of other evidence that they can use to get their conviction” besides the defendant’s statements made after waterboarding.

On the jury question, Cohen believes that “media saturation has made jury selection in America a perversion of what it once was. Judges and lawyers no longer even pretend that they are seating jurors who don’t have preconceived notions about a case.” Cohen offers a few other “myths” about the terrorism case.

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