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Government challenges Moussaoui Supreme Court appeal

[JURIST] In a filing submitted to the Supreme Court on Thursday, attorneys from the Justice Department told the court that terror suspect Zacarias Moussaoui [JURIST Newsmaker archive] does not need direct access to al-Qaida witnesses to receive a fair trial. Moussaoui's attorneys are appealing a 4th Circuit ruling [PDF] on the point and are asking the court for full access to witnesses. The Justice Department maintains that access to government-prepared summaries of interrogation statements from potential witnesses is enough. The DOJ also argues that it is too early for the Supreme Court to hear the appeal because the case has not been fully resolved at the trial level. AP has more.

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