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US government wants Moussaoui trial to begin May 2005

[JURIST] The US government filed a motion Wednesday requesting that the trial for Zacarias Moussaoui begin on May 31, 2005. Moussaoui, a French citizen, is charged with conspiring with al-Qaida terrorists to carry out the 9/11 attacks. The motion filed Wednesday was in response to a ruling on October 13, 2004 by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals that denied any further arguments on whether Moussaoui had access to high-ranking al-Qaida officials, and whether the government could seek the death penalty. The US government's motion is available online here [PDF]. JURIST's previous report on the Fourth Circuit ruling is here. AP has more.

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