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. todd

    To those of you who are not happy with the us court system, no one is asking you to live here if you think it is better in other countries then move there. In other countries he would have been shot immediately, he would have never been given the opportunity to even have a trial.

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

      @ toad he should have been shot , are u muslim

      November 17, 2010 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • todd

      No I'm not Muslim I hate hearing people complain about the right to a speedy trial and all that. He was a terrorist and should have been executed. I guess my statement was unclear. To sum it up I was pretty much saying to those who thought he was mistreated and his rights were violated should get out of this country.

      November 17, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bill

    how long do the taxpayers have to keep him alive?

    November 17, 2010 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. The Big Picture

    Impeach Obama as a traitor. He makes Bush & Carter look like the good ol' days.

    November 17, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |


    you are totally wrong..look at the facts you brought up.

    1. This guy's ONLY defense was he claimed ignorance... duh if he got caught he is stupid.

    2. He had a detonator on him... don't all muslims have some sort of explosive device or detonater on them?

    3. HE ADMITTED IN COURT HE BOUGHT THE EXPLOSIVES, BUT SAID IN COURT HE THOUGHT IT WAS SOAP! .... i use to deliver pizza and can tell you 2 facts 1. musims dont ever tip...ever 2. they smell and probably dont know the difference between soap and explosives..they might need explosive soap to get rid of the funky smell they have.

    p.s. i always put a piece of pork in the pizza for not tipping. and that's not a joke.

    November 17, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Pat M

    While the rest of the country is appalled that an African terrorist who has never set foot in the United States was acquitted of murder due to the withholding of evidence obtained using "coercive" techniques in an American civilian jury trial, the followers of CNN decry the fact that the man was not let off entirely on all charges as evidence of an American police state with a justice system inferior to China. I can't say I'm really surprised, but it's still a bit disheartening to see just how utterly ignorant shallow minded the American "liberal" truly is.

    November 17, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. John Beasley

    I am in shock-This country is in real trouble, not guilty of murder. To many bleeding heart liberals.
    Great idea Obama, civilian court, what a joke. They tried him in a civilian court, let him serve whatever
    sentance he gets in an American Civilian Prison.

    November 17, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. MikeMeyersVick

    Numbaoneballer has my jersey. He actually supports criminal behavior, but doesn't support the consequences. Our justice system needs reform to prevent high recidivism. Educating someone to a GED level while incarcerated reduces that person being arrested by 40%. Making college degrees mandatory for parole release would curb further incidents of criminal activities. Many criminals start out young and come from broken homes. It's much more cost efficient to cure someone on their first conviction than to house them in the revolving door system we have now. I would say we are far from a police state, but could use some common sense solutions. I suspect law enforcement likes the status quo. More bad guys means more jobs for cops, lawyers, judges, prison guards, uniform manufacturers, kevlar vest suppliers, taser producers, and many other industries who feed their families because this society creates more criminals than it prevents.

    November 17, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. CPT Comedy

    And as long as we have prisons for profit we will continue to have high prison populations

    November 17, 2010 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ed

    Numbaoneballa is a baffooooooooooooon!

    November 17, 2010 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Condon

    This wouldn't be happening if we had a strong conservative president. A hard line needs to be taken on these terrorists. But Obama is all about being an apologist and since he can't just release these terrorists he sends them to civillian court where this crap happens.

    November 17, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Condon

    Water board everyone held at Gitmo then try them in military court using their confessions. These are enemy combatants who have declared war on the USA. If it were up to Obama he would deny Sept 11 even happened. But what can you expect from a product of the Chicago political machine?

    November 17, 2010 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. CPT Comedy

    Condon – all you need now is a pair of jackboots and a Sam Browne belt

    November 17, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Condon

    Got the sam brown belt. I'm ready to stand up and fight for this great nation. I just wish our president was as well

    November 17, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. MrNoDoze

    @amontagno:Actually I was referring to someone's ability to find a job. Hilton was convicted of Cocaine possession and given a fine when any one of the peasants would have gotten a minimum of probation. Vick was convicted of lying to the feds which is a federal charge. My point was not to suggest one was better than the other, but to point out than an average citizen would be more hard pressed to find work in this country. Employers are now running credit checks on people prior to employment, so someone who is trying to pay off their debt can't because they are ineligible as a result of the background check. Our country does not forgive nor does it allow redemption for the average citizen. Only the well connected get second chances and this does agree with numberoneballer's suggestion that we live in a police state. Once someone has paid their fines or served their time they should be allowed to build a normal life. I believe many people are angered by celebrities because when they lose they never really sacrifice anything. When anyone else loses in life they are ran through the ringer, put into poverty and never allowed to move forward.

    November 17, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Lobo

    This is N lobo and I'm here to say that its time we tell the c-o-o-ns that they cannot lead due to a lack of intelligence. Right???

    November 17, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
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