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Future of Terror Case Is in Judge's Hands

The Justice Department’s hopes of salvaging its case against Zacarias Moussaoui in civilian court rested today with a no-nonsense federal trial judge who has repeatedly questioned the government’s efforts to prosecute Mr. Moussaoui with so much of the case against him kept secret from the public — and from Mr. Moussaoui. The case against Mr. Moussaoui, the only person charged in an American court with conspiring in the Sept. 11 terror attacks, is nearing collapse because of the government’s refusal to comply with a ruling by Judge Leonie M. Brinkema that would allow Mr. Moussaoui to interview a captured member of Al Qaeda. On Monday, the department announced that it would refuse to make the captured terrorist available for testimony on national-security grounds, a move it acknowledged could force Judge Brinkema to dismiss the indictment. Full Story

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