Criminal Justice

Meet David Raskin, Top Prosecutor Likely to Handle Case Against Accused 9/11 Mastermind


When Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and four other terrorism suspects arrive in New York for trial from the U.S. military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, David Raskin, at least figuratively, is likely to be there to greet them.

The 45-year-old assistant U.S. attorney is expected to be lead prosecutor in case against the accused mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, former colleagues in his Manhattan office say, citing Raskin’s status as one of the last remaining members of a cadre of top terror prosecutors there, reports the New York Times in an article profiling Raskin and discussing the progress of this and other terrorism cases on which he has worked.

In fact, but for Raskin’s expertise, the U.S. Department of Justice might not have decided to bring the case to trial in Manhattan federal court, suggests ex-prosecutor Christopher Morvillo.

“He has the relationships in Justice and at the various intelligence agencies,” Morvillo tells the newspaper, “to be able to bring all the right people to the table to get this done in a way that is going to be efficient and professional and without mistakes.”

Earlier coverage:

ABAJournal.com: “Five 9-11 Suspects Being Held at Gitmo to Be Tried in New York”

ABAJournal.com: “ABA Praises Holder for Decision to Bring Gitmo Detainees to Trial”

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