posted on Mar, 21 2005 @ 09:56 AM
The Supreme Court of the United States rejected an appeal by accused terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui. The suit claimed Moussaui could not receive a fair
trial without access to other accused al Qaeda members in U.S. custody. The justices agreed that access to prepared summaries of their interrogations
provided by the government would be sufficient for his defense. The decision clears the way for the U.S. Attorney to begin prosecution of a death
penalty case against Moussaoui for his alleged role in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court rejected on Monday an appeal by accused Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui, who argued he cannot
get a fair trial without access to al Qaeda captives who could help his defense.
The justices let stand a federal appeals court ruling that allowed U.S. prosecutors to seek the death penalty and said Moussaoui's lawyers could not
directly question the captives who could provide testimony favorable to his defense.
Instead of direct access, the appeals court ruled the defense must rely on U.S. government-prepared summaries of the interrogation statements from the
al Qaeda captives.
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I feel this is the correct decision. Allowing these accused terrorists to freely communicate with each other could be a threat to national security.
[edit on 3/21/2005 by djohnsto77]