James Taranto and many others have noted that Osama Bin Ladin's death has been a long time coming -- 9.5 years having elapsed since 9/11/2001. However, if OBL had been captured, tried, convicted, and sentenced to death on September 12th, 2001, he would probably still be awaiting execution. According to this report from the Department of Justice (Bureau of Justice Statistics), table 12, in 2009 the average executed prisoner had spent 169 months on death row! Despite the long delay in catching and killing OBL, if he had been tried in our criminal justice system he probably wouldn't have been executed until late 2015.

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