Local attorney Ron Motley, who is representing about 6,000 victims of the 9/11 terror attacks in a consolidated civil case for damages that named Osama bin Laden among its defendants, said the killing will have no bearing on the case.

"While all 6,000 victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks are overjoyed by the fact that justice has been meted out, it doesn't have any legal impact on the case," he said Monday.

Motley of Motley Rice law firm said they could never serve bin Laden with a complaint so he couldn't go to trial.

The firm could try to recoup damages from bin Laden's heirs if they attempted to access his assets in a legal proceeding, most likely in a foreign country, where a lien could be filed against bin Laden's holdings, but Motley called that a long shot that would probably be fruitless.

The main thing holding up the case, he said, is the judicial system.

"A cripple without a wheelchair could outrun these judges," he said.