Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellStudy: Trump tops recent GOP presidents in signing bills in first 100 days Senate passes stopgap funding bill to avert shutdown Let’s never talk about a government shutdown — ever again MORE (R-Ky.) suggested on Sunday that an Orlando jury's surprising decision to acquit Casey Anthony of charges of murdering her two-year-old daughter demonstrates that it could be difficult to convict accused terrorists in civilian courts.
"These are not American citizens," McConnell said, referring to accused terrorists. "We just found with the Caylee Anthony case how difficult it is to get a conviction in a U.S. court."
Anthony was acquitted on Tuesday of the murder charges against her but was convicted on a number of smaller charges stemming from inconsistencies she told told authorities regarding her daughter's disappearance in 2008.
McConnell and several other Republicans sounded off from the Senate floor last week against the White House's insistence that some suspected terrorists be tried in civilian courts rather than in military tribunals.