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53% in Survey Favor Civilian Trial for Lindh

January 29, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

SAN FRANCISCO — More than half of Californians approve of the Justice Department's decision to try John Walker Lindh in a civilian court, according to a Field Institute poll.

The survey showed that 53% of those interviewed agree the Marin County man captured with Taliban fighters in Afghanistan should be tried in civilian court, while 32% disapprove of the move and 15% had no opinion.

If Lindh is found guilty of conspiring to kill U.S. citizens, two out of three respondents favor a harsh sentence, with 39% favoring life in prison without parole and 28% favoring the death penalty.

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