The prosecutors are seeking a sentence of life in prison without parole for abu Ghaith, who has pleaded not guilty on three charges involving conspiracy to kill Americans and providing resources to terrorists
Because abu Ghaith did not directly plan or carry out any terrorist attacks, the death penalty is not being considered. And the defense also hopes to portray him as just a low-level al-Qaida member. (Via The New York Times)
Of course, the trial is not without controversy as many question whether suspected terrorists should be tried in the U.S. court system.
According to the Los Angeles Times, some believe he should not receive the same due-process rights as U.S. citizens, and those accused of war crimes should be tried in military court at Guantanamo Bay.
But President Obama has been a staunch advocate in closing down the military prison, and the Justice Department wants to show these kinds of trials can successfully be carried out in U.S. courts. (Via The Wall Street Journal)
Abu Ghaith is currently being held in a high-security prison dubbed a "mini Guantanamo" just blocks away from Ground Zero in New York.