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News Groups Want Terror Case Documents

Several of the nation’s largest news organizations demanded access today to a variety of secret court documents filed in the case of Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person charged in an American court with involvement in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Lawyers for the news organizations said the trial judge’s decision to place dozens of defense and prosecution documents under seal over the last several months without advance notice to the public was a violation of the First Amendment. In papers filed in Federal District Court in Alexandria, Va., where Mr. Moussaoui is facing trial, the news organizations suggested that the most important of the documents involved Mr. Moussaoui’s bid to be permitted to question Ramzi bin al-Shibh, a suspected member of Al Qaeda who is in custody. Mr. Moussaoui and his court-appointed defense lawyers have argued that Mr. bin al-Shibh might help show that Mr. Moussaoui was not involved in the 2001 attacks. Their request for access to Mr. bin al-Shibh, which is before a federal appeals court, has brought proceedings against Mr. Moussaoui to a halt for now. Full Story

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