Ailsa Chang is an award-winning journalist who covers criminal justice, terrorism and the courts for WNYC. She found her way into public radio after practicing law for five years, and can definitely say that walking the streets of New York City with a microphone is a lot more fun than being holed up in the office writing letters to opposing counsel.
Lawyers for Terror Suspect Want Case Thrown Out
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
New York, NY —
Lawyers for the man accused of the 1998 bombings of U-S embassies in Africa say the case should be thrown out because their client didn't get a speedy trial. Ahmed Ghailani joins a growing list of high-profile suspected terrorists facing charges in New York. WNYC's Ailsa Chang reports.
REPORTER: Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, the alleged mastermind of 9 -11, will also be tried here. Same with Najibullah Zazi, the Denver man accused of plotting to blow up bombs in New York. Columbia Law School Professor Dan Richman says the City became a hub for terrorism cases due partly to an accident of history, dating back to the case of the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993.
RICHMAN: New York still has prosecutors and agents with this rich expertise. It has a group of judges who have familiarity with some of the kinds of problems that arise in terrorism cases.
REPORTER: Ghailani's case was brought to New York under a federal statute that gives the government great flexibility on where to try foreign terrorism. For WNYC, I'm Ailsa Chang.