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From the guy who told us not to rush to judgment on the Fort Hood killer, comes the most flagrant tampering with justice – as recorded by a tabloid in NYC – the place where the trial is to be held:

Newsday calls it a “prediction”

President Barack Obama predicted that professed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed will be convicted and executed as Attorney General Eric Holder proclaimed: “Failure is not an option.”

Amusingly enough, after he let the little bird fly, Mr Constitutional Law professor caught himself

Obama quickly added that he did not mean to suggest he was prejudging the outcome of Mohammed’s trial. “I’m not going to be in that courtroom,

All righty then. Only on cover of tabloids then.

Someone remind me – what’s the point of pretending we have a trial now?

Unless we’re doing it Alice in Wonderland style. Even so, I am old enough to remember when the executive branch wasn’t interfering in the judicial – that quaint separation of powers notion!

To think I was ragging on  NY Post and other tabloids for prejudging the case before


h/t the  indigogrrl at the Confluence – here’s the Chuck Todd video where even Todd calls him on it – go to 1 min:45

and from the transcript she posted

TODD: Pressed on whether he was prejudging a verdict, the former constitutional law professor expressed confidence in the government’s case.

Pres. OBAMA: What I said was that people will not be offended if that’s the outcome. I’m not prejudging it, I’m not going to be in that courtroom. That’s the job of the prosecutors, the judge and the jury.

Looks like the “pressing” itself was scrubbed from the interview

Not Your Sweetie

November 2009