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Government seeks to limit victim impact testimony in Moussaoui trial

[JURIST] In a motion [PDF text] filed Tuesday, prosecutors in the trial of Zacarias Mousaoui [JURIST news archive] asked a federal judge to limit impact testimony of the hundreds of living victims who expressed their desire to testify about their loss as a result of the September 11 attacks. Arguing that allowing those "several hundred" victims an opportunity to speak would unnecessarily complicate and prolong trial proceedings, prosecutors suggested instead that the court use a representative sample of 45 victims to testify about their loss. In April, Moussaoui pleaded guilty to his involvement in the September 9/11 attacks [JURIST report]. At first, his penalty trial ws set for January of next year, but US District Judge Leonie Brinkema [official profile] in November delayed the trial for a month to February and ordered it to be divided into two stages [JURIST report]. AP has more.

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