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Major Issues in Moussaoui Appeal

Three appellate judges are scheduled to convene in a Richmond courtroom Wednesday to consider a question that cuts to the core of the American legal system: Can the government seek to execute Zacarias Moussaoui while denying him witnesses essential to his defense? But the issue before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit is much broader: Does the government’s right to wage the war on terrorism outweigh the basic constitutional rights of defendants? The court will hear oral arguments in the government appeal of a judge’s ruling that threw out much of the case against Moussaoui, the only person charged in a U.S. courtroom in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Last month in Alexandria, Judge Leonie M. Brinkema struck the death penalty sought by prosecutors and any evidence that the defendant took part in the hijackings. Full Story

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