National Security

Idaho lawyers sign on to defend alleged 9/11 mastermind

The naval officer who's assigned to defend reputed al Qaida kingpin Khalid Sheik Mohammed said Monday that he's assembling a four-attorney team to stave off the alleged 9/11 mastermind's death-penalty charges — two military JAG officers and two lawyers from Boise, Idaho, who've defended an alleged terrorist before.

Navy Capt. Prescott ''Scott'' Prince was detailed to the case last week. He has yet to see Mohammed, a U.S.-educated Pakistani citizen known in intelligence circles as ``KSM.''

Prince said Boise law partners David Z. Nevin and Scott McKay have agreed to work as volunteer civilian defense counsel under a program sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. In 2004, McKay and Nevin secured a federal court acquittal for a Saudi man, Sami al-Hussayen, 34, who was a doctoral candidate at the University of Idaho.

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