November 17th, 2010
06:10 PM ET

Verdict reached in Ahmed Ghailani case

Ahmed Ghailani, the first Guantanamo detainee tried in civilian court, was found not guilty on all counts except one in connection with the 1998 bombing of U.S. Embassies in Africa.

Ghailani was convicted of conspiracy to destroy public property. He was charged with conspiracy and murder in the 1998 attacks on embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Read about deliberations in the case

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  1. JeffDunham

    Not guilty pleasssseee.... I'm running out of puppets!

    November 17, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Riley otto

      This is possibly the funniest comment I've read today.

      November 17, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Papa T

      Thus the purpose for a military tribunal.

      November 17, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |

    guilty till proven guilty.. the american justice system at it's finest.

    and it only took 12 years to get a verdict.. now thats a fair and speedy trial.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      What other kind of verdict did you expect? That man was already convicted long before this trial!

      November 17, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • GD

      A defendant's attorney can waive the speedy trial clause, if he feels it's in the best interest of his client. This happens a lot.

      November 17, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. cesar

    @Jeff you meathead u yuo to reffnult

    November 17, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. cesar

    Cnn sorrty go more tacos chiven beer too bye

    November 17, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Numbaoneballa

    Guilty until proven innocent indeed....rather than being a system other nations aspire to, the draconan us criminal "justice" system is now viewed with abhorrance by the rest of the civilzed world. If there is a modern police state in the world today, the us is clearly it, with a higher per capita prison rate than any other nation on a longshot. Breathe wrong and a pig will arrest you, and it will hold up in Kangaroo court.

    November 17, 2010 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Get Real

      What about China? I thought that was what most people thought of when it came to a police state.

      Or maybe North Korea?

      What about Myanmar/Burma?

      Doooooonnnnnnnnnnnngggggggg! Your hyperbole loses.

      November 17, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Numbaoneballa

      Look it up bro, the us has by far the highest per capita prison rate

      November 17, 2010 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • here we go

      China has a lower incarceration rate than we do and Burma is run by the military not the police. Sorry but numb is right we kind of are a police state. And just because you won't be arrested for saying make us free.

      November 17, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • DownTheSlope

      It's easier to keep China's prison population down when you can just take people out the back and put a bullet in their head. But the very fact the US is being compared to places like China or North Korea just shows how bad the situation is becoming. When all you've got is "well we're not as bad as China and North Korea" it is clear proof that standards have dropped dramatically.

      November 17, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Herbys

      A higher prison rate does not equate to a police state, just to efficient police. I would bet you a country like Argentina (where I lived many years) has a crime rate that's about 10X that of the US (a typical citizen is assaulted, robed or abused about once a year, and that's not counting "white glove" crimes). But since a typical trial takes several decades, the justice system is not effective and prison population is lower than in the US.
      Let's put it another way: US incarceration rate is 0.7%. Do you think that in the US or any other country fewer than 1% of the citizens (and non-citizens) are crooks? That's seems low to me. What's wrong is a country where the vast majority of crimes (like 90-99% as in most of Latin America, Aftica and central Asia) go unpunished, not the country where the 1% of crimimals in the society gets punished.

      November 17, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • George from LA

      Of course the US has a high per capita prison rate. Here's why:
      1) It is the richest country in the world with the largest middle class and higher income class. Where there is money, there will be people willing to steal it.
      2) If you call the police (911) they will actually come, unlike in many 3rd world countries.
      3) Even the rich go to jail.
      4) The US does not give out death sentences by stoning for fornication, adultery, insulting Muhammed, stealing, corruption, drug dealing or anything really except for 1st degree murder (and not in all states).

      As far as being a police state...far from it. That is reserved for Communist nations as well as tyrannical military regimes and Islamic government nations. The USA is the freest (is that even a word?) country in the world. Not as free as it once was but freer than any other country that is for sure.

      November 17, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • sharky

      So would you like us to increase the number of executions to match other countries that have less prisoners in prison? LOL

      November 17, 2010 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • NOBODY999

      No he's got point,

      It's cause we do bury women up to their necks in sand and throw rocks at her skull until she dies because she may have commited adultery according to her husband, who also may have committed adultery but hey won't die.

      Or the chopping off of arms thing in the middle east, you know we do that in America too, right? No? Oh wait, no, we don't do that.

      Hmmm.. maybe when people protest a shady Iranian election, we have our military, thugs, and police storm into houses to beat up a certain political party...


      Man... There's gotta be a way that America is bad... all the pansies are depending on it to justify their failure and the failure of thier civilization to progress for more that 1000 years.... C'MON!!! THINK!~~~

      yeah, you failed...

      November 17, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. MrNoDoze

    Totally agree Numbaoneballa. I also like a system that prevents the average citizen with a DUI or drug charge from getting a job or student aid while allowing the Paris Hilton's and Mike Vick's of the world to reap millions of dollars. Certain people would not pass a background check at McDonald's let alone earn 6 and 7 figures.

    November 17, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • amontagno

      While I agree with you regarding Paris Hilton, I respectfully disagree with your opinion on Mike Vick. He spent two years in jail, as well as losing millions of dollars. Vick paid his debt to society IMO.

      November 17, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Alabama see ya

    Jeff u LOSER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 17, 2010 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bob Los Angeles

    JOKE! Did anyone read the summary. This guy's ONLY defense was he claimed ignorance: he didn't know what was going on. If the prosecution proved he knew about the bombings, then he HAS NO DEFENSE. But the jury convicted him of conspiracy, meaning he know or was a willing part of the bombings. If he's convicted on conspiracy, how can they not convict him of the bombings. He had a detonator on him. The had cell phone calls to the bomber. HE ADMITTED IN COURT HE BOUGHT THE EXPLOSIVES, BUT SAID IN COURT HE THOUGHT IT WAS SOAP! Are you kidding me????

    November 17, 2010 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tom

    That doesnt make much sence. He is guity of conspiring to blow up the embassy but not guilty of murder. He had to have know that people were going to get hurt or killed in the explosion.

    November 17, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Get Real

    @ numbaoneballa:

    I'm not arguing your point about the per capita prison population. I'm telling you that the US is not a police state.

    Look up the term "police state," just like I just looked up the statistic you mentioned.

    I'll give you the fact our judiciary system is in need of a heavy handed overhaul most definitely. Police state we are not, though.

    November 17, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Matt

    This will be a blow to Eric Holder and his bad idea to support trying war criminals in civilian court, giving them the same rights as Americans.

    November 17, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. bill

    another fine job by our screwed up judicial system

    November 17, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Woodsong

    Well. this is Obozo's doing. Trying these creeps in civil court and not the military court where these trials belong!!! He should be facing execution!!!

    November 17, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mike


    November 17, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bill

    i am gaberflasted
    only in america

    November 17, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
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