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Moussaoui lawyers seek to delay start of trial

[JURIST] Zacarias Moussaoui's lawyers, in a written motion, indicated that they will ask the trial judge to postpone bringing the case to trial while they attempt to appeal pretrial issues to the Supreme Court. The lawyers are attempting to gain direct access to three al-Qaeda prisoners who would help Moussaoui's defense and may bar the government from seeking the death penalty. The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled that summaries of interrogation statements of the prisoners are available to Moussaoui but will not allow direct access. The government had requested that opening statements begin in the case on May 31, 2005. The US government's motion is available here [PDF]. Read the indictment against Moussaoui here. Click to read the Fourth Circuit opinion here [PDF]. Review materials on US v. Zacarias Moussaoui from the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. AP has more.

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