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In Shift, Appeals Court Opens Hearing on a 9/11 Suspect

A federal appeals court agreed today to hold a public hearing over a long-secret legal struggle that is threatening to derail the civilian prosecution of Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person charged in an American court with conspiring in the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Responding to a request from news organizations, the court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, Va., reversed its earlier decision to conduct the June 3 hearing in secret. The Justice Department had wanted the hearing to be closed to the public, saying it would involve discussion of national security secrets. The hearing has been called to allow the Justice Department to appeal a lower court ruling that would permit Mr. Moussaoui, a French citizen who is facing the death penalty in the case, to question a captured member of Al Qaeda who is believed to have extensive information about Mr. Moussaoui’s ties to the group. Full Story

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