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Michigan and Kansas Eyed as Site for Gitmo Detainee Prison and Court

Posted Aug 3, 2009 6:59 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A soon-to-be-closed prison in Standish, Mich., and a military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., are being considered as possible sites to hold and try Guantanamo detainees.

The facility would be run jointly by the Justice Department, the military and the Department of Homeland Security, the Associated Press reports. Some detainees would be tried by military commissions at the facility while others would be tried in federal criminal trials there, according to the Washington Post.

The site would also hold prisoners who are cleared for release but have not found a country to accept them.

Legal experts identified one problem with the idea: There are a limited number of potential jurors in the rural areas to consider the fate of defendants in federal criminal trials. The idea would also likely need legislative backing.

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