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Pentagon Eases Terror Tribunal Rules

The Pentagon has agreed to change rules for defending terrorism suspects at military tribunals, including allowing defense lawyers to object in court if the government wants to listen to attorney-client strategy sessions. The Defense Department has come under pressure from allies, U.S. lawyers and civil libertarians to modify its requirements governing legal representation in these cases. Outside lawyers say the changes will make the trials fairer. Under revised rules not yet released by the Pentagon, defense lawyers would have much more information about whether and how the government might eavesdrop on their conversations with suspects, people familiar with the changes told The Associated Press. Full Story

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