Trump calls for death penalty for NYC truck attack suspect

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President Donald Trump on Thursday backed away from his threat to send the suspect in the New York bike path attack to Guantanamo Bay, acknowledging in an early morning tweet that the military judicial process at the Cuban detention center takes longer than the civilian federal court system.

But Trump called again for the man to be executed, which could complicate the case for prosecutors and give defense attorneys a chance to argue the president’s tweets hurt their client’s right to a fair trial.

Trump tweeted Thursday morning that the case against Sayfullo Saipov, 29, “Should move fast. DEATH PENALTY!” He had tweeted Wednesday night: “NYC terrorist was happy as he asked to hang ISIS flag in his hospital room. He killed 8 people, badly injured 12. SHOULD GET DEATH PENALTY!”

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