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January 16, 2009 7:18 PM

Obama appointee: civilian trials likely for terrorism suspects

The president-elect's aides are still formulating their plan for shutting Guantanamo. Yet there appears to be agreement on some issues, including turning over terror suspects to federal courts. In a little noticed hearing Thursday, Obama's choice as the Pentagon's top lawyer said this: "I do have some predispositions on this subject which I think are similar to the president-elect's. I think it is preferable that we proceed in . . . civilian courts."

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