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Mitch McConnell on Casey Anthony's acquittal

July 11, 2011 |  2:54 pm

Photo: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). Credit: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images It's not often that someone comes out in favor of kangaroo courts, but Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell came close to doing so the other day. McConnell said that the acquittal of Casey Anthony proved that accused terrorists shouldn't receive civilian trials. McConnell and other Republicans prefer that they be tried by military commissions.

Problem is, military commissions -- though different in some respects from civilian trials -- still require proof beyond a reasonable doubt. Let me quote: "Before a vote is taken on the findings, the military judge must instruct the commission members 'that the accused must be presumed to be innocent until his guilt is established by legal and competent evidence beyond reasonable doubt.' "

McConnell is going to have look elsewhere for his idea judicial system. Maybe Saudi Arabia?


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Photo: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). Credit: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

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