Representative Trey Gowdy (SC-04) today introduced the Military Commissions Guilty Plea Adjustment Act, H.R. 1894, his first piece of legislation in Congress.
On April 4, 2011, the Obama Administration announced that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM) and the other 9/11 conspirators would stand trial before military commissions. The Military Commissions Guilty Plea Adjustment Act removes ambiguity under the MilitaryCommissions Act of 2009 for terrorists who plead guilty to a capital punishment offense before such commissions. This bill does not provide that the death penalty must be imposed in such cases, but ensures this option for punishment is available, just as it is available for those pleading guilty in federal court to capital punishment offenses.
"This bill clarifies ambiguity with respect to guilty pleas under the Military Commissions Act of 2009, an important step as the trials of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the other 9/11 conspirators draw near. It ensures no sentence is off the table for these terrorists and makes certain potential guilty pleas of these individuals do not preclude the death penalty, just as in federal court."