As the debate over where and how to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his alleged fellow 9/11 conspirators rages on, one judge is quietly handling the only active civilian prosecution of a former Guantanamo detainee.
Southern District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan has been presiding over pretrial proceedings in the upcoming September trial of Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani for his role in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa: a case that poses some of the same issues at the intersection of civilian law enforcement and national security as the more controversial 9/11 prosecutions.
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