Federal appeals judges on Wednesday sharply questioned whether terrorism defendant Zacarias Moussaoui can receive a fair trial while the government denies him testimony from al-Qaida witnesses who he says could exonerate him. During a hearing on the fairness and death-penalty issues that have delayed trial for the al-Qaida operative, the judges searched for a way to resolve a clash between defendants’ rights and the government’s ability to fight the war on terrorism. With the government declaring the witnesses off-limits to the defense, Judge William Wilkins, who was appointed by President Reagan, asked the same pointed question of both sides: “Is Moussaoui entitled to any remedy?” Full Story
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