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    Plea Negotiations Could Mean No 9/11 Defendants Face the Death Penalty, US Tells Families

    Plea Negotiations Could Mean No 9/11 Defendants Face the Death Penalty, US Tells Families

    — The suspected architect of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and his fellow defendants may never face the death penalty under plea agreements now under consideration to bring an end to their more than decadelong prosecution, the Pentagon and have advised families of some of the thousands killed.

    The notice, made in a letter that was sent to several of the families and obtained by The Associated Press, comes 1 1/2 years after military prosecutors and defense lawyers began exploring a negotiated resolution to the case.

    The prosecution of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others held at the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo Bay, , has been troubled by repeated delays and legal disputes, especially over the legal ramifications of the interrogation under torture that the men initially underwent while in custody. No trial date has been set.

    “The Office of the Chief Prosecutor has been negotiating and is considering entering into pre-trial agreements,” or PTAs, the letter said. It told the families that while no plea agreement “has been finalized, and may never be finalized, it is possible that a PTA in this case would remove the possibility of the death penalty.”

    Some of relatives of the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks expressed outrage over the prospect of ending the case short of a verdict. The military prosecutors pledged to take their views into consideration and present them to the…

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