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BREAKING NEWS ~ Judge dismisses second trial charges against DC sniper Muhammad

[JURIST] AP is reporting that Judge M. Langhorne Keith of the Fairfax County Circuit Court in Virginia has dismissed charges against convicted "DC sniper" John Allen Muhammad in the second capital murder trial against him (he was previously tried and convicted on charges laid in Prince William County).

Judge Keith held that Muhammad's right to a speedy trial in the second proceeding had been violated. View the court's opinion here [PDF]. Background documents in the case are available here.

Previously on JURIST's Paper Chase....

UPDATE: An AP story is now available.

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