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Hearing for terror cell suspects becomes clash over U.S. secrecy

A federal judge tangled Thursday with federal prosecutors and a lawyer for one of Detroit’s terrorism suspects over complaints that the government is holding back information vital to the suspect’s defense. During the one-hour hearing in Detroit, U.S. District Judge Gerald Rosen rebuked assistant federal defender Leroy Soles for demanding too much information from the government. He also chided Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Convertino for providing too little. “Sit down,” Rosen boomed at Soles, who protested that Rosen was allowing Convertino to withhold information. Soles’ client, Karim Koubriti, is among four men facing trial next month on charges of operating a terrorism cell in metro Detroit. It will be the first trial in the United States resulting from the investigation of Sept. 11 terrorism. Soles said Convertino has provided about 1,000 pages of documents, amateur video taken at Disneyland in California and the MGM Grand Casino in Las Vegas, and audio tapes of Islamic speeches. Full Story

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