Professor Gerald Shargel was featured on USA Today’s Opinionline, which compiled statements from various experts on the attempted terrorist attack on a Northwest Airlines flight on Christmas Day. Journalists from The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and other publications weighed in on the government’s choice to try Umar Farouk Abdulmatuallab in civilian court. Professor Shargel’s quote was taken from a blog post on The Daily Beast. He said, “Last Sunday, John Brennan, the president's deputy national security adviser for counterterrorism and homeland security, (said) that 'plea bargaining' in a civilian court would result in obtaining valuable information about ongoing terrorist activity. ... It is undeniably true that the threat of long prison sentences has produced countless cooperators who have helped the government ... (but) why would hardened soldiers, quite willing to commit a suicide bombing, politely exchange information for leniency?”
Professor Shargel is Brooklyn Law School's Practitioner-in-Residence. This spring, he is teaching Criminal Law: Current Events.
Read the full Opinionline piece at usatoday.com.
Read Professor Shargel's post on the Daily Beast.