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Court Says OK to Hold 9/11 Material Witnesses

In a victory for the government’s anti-terrorism arrest tactics, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Friday that a Jordanian student could be held as a material witness in a grand jury Sept. 11 investigation. In its ruling, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a trial judge’s finding that the government had wrongly applied the material witness statute to hold the student, Osama Awadallah. The case has drawn wide attention because it questioned whether the U.S. government is acting legally by indefinitely jailing people who are not charged criminally but might be called to testify before a grand jury investigating terrorist activities. Full Story

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