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Moussaoui clash tests future of terror trials

By refusing to give terrorism suspect Zacarias Moussaoui access to a captured al-Qaeda operative, the Justice Department is asking federal judges to bend one of the venerable principles of U.S. law: the Sixth Amendment’s guarantee of a fair trial. ”The court has the authority . . . to sometimes modify the rights of a defendant to get everything he wants,” Michael Chertoff, who was then assistant attorney general, told an appeals court June 3. Chertoff argued that Moussaoui, the only person charged in the USA in the 9/11 conspiracy, should not be allowed to question Ramzi Bin al-Shibh. Moussaoui, 35, denies playing any role in the plot and says that Bin al-Shibh, the scheme’s alleged paymaster, can exonerate him. Full Story

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