Thursday, November 19, 2009

Judge Not

President Obama said that he expects Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the others to be convicted and executed.

In an interview with NBC News, Obama said those offended by the legal privileges given to Mohammed by virtue of getting a civilian trial rather than a military tribunal won’t find it “offensive at all when he’s convicted and when the death penalty is applied to him.”

Obama quickly added that he did not mean to suggest he was prejudging the outcome of Mohammed’s trial. “I’m not going to be in that courtroom,” he said. “That’s the job of the prosecutors, the judge and the jury.”

Yeah, I get it that Mr. Obama was speculating and probably trying to show the people who don’t trust the Constitution to do its job that justice and punishment would be delivered. But it’s probably not a good idea to hand the defense counsel material for a change of venue motion and an argument that the defendants can’t get a fair trial when the President of the United States is already declaring them guilty and readying the firing squad. Besides, that’s Bill Kristol’s shtick.