"We commend the Obama Administration for its decision to try Somali suspect Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame in the Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York.

"The decision to try cases of alleged terrorist activities in civilian courts, though controversial in today's political climate, is consistent with the principles and great traditions of our nation.

"The
 New York State Bar Association has been a leader in advocating the trial of suspected terrorists in civilian courts. These courts have proved time and again their ability to afford due process to those charged, while maintaining the security necessary to protect the participants and the community. Americans should be proud that we have a justice system that is both effective and fair. It is a model to which other countries aspire.

"By this courageous decision, the Obama Administration has shown the world that this great country is based on the rule of law."

The 77,000-member New York State Bar Association is the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. It was founded in 1876.

Contact: Lise Bang-Jensen
Director of Media Services & Public Affairs
lbang-jensen@nysba.org
518/487-5530