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Government Lawyers Fear 9/11 Ruling Threatens Qaeda Cases

Bush administration lawyers said on Friday that a judge’s decision to throw out most of the case against Zacarias Moussaoui was threatening to undermine the Justice Department’s plans to continue prosecuting Qaeda terrorists in civilian courts and had increased the pressure on the government to move Mr. Moussaoui and other terrorism suspects to military tribunals. The concern was clear at the Justice Department, which was unwilling on Friday to say how — or even whether — it would proceed with the case against Mr. Moussaoui, a confessed Qaeda member who had been the only person charged in an American court with conspiring in the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. On Thursday, the judge, Leonie M. Brinkema of Federal District Court in Alexandria, Va., ruled that the government could not seek the death penalty against Mr. Moussaoui and that prosecutors would be barred at trial from trying to link him in any way to the Sept. 11 attacks. Full Story

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