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Judge denies 'shoe bomber' access to classified government papers

Admitted terrorist Richard Reid’s demand for classified documents and journalists’ requests to see his prison mail have caused a flurry of court action this week. Reid, 29, is to be sentenced next week for trying to blow up an airliner by igniting explosives in his sneakers. The ”shoe bomber,” as he is known, pleaded guilty in October to terrorism-related counts including attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction against U.S. citizens. Lawyers for Reid, who is a British citizen, went to court Tuesday and asked that he be given copies of classified government documents related to his case. The lawyers, who are not allowed to share the material with Reid, said the documents are needed for remarks Reid may make at his sentencing hearing scheduled for Jan. 30 at U.S. District Court. Full Story

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