Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Judge Excoriates U. S. Prosecutors For Coaching Witnesses, Calls Conduct "Egregious Violation"

The Times On Line reported today that:

Al-Qaeda death trial halted
From Tom Baldwin in Washington

THE death penalty trial of a confessed al-Qaeda conspirator was unexpectedly halted yesterday by a judge who criticised government lawyers for violating Zacarias Moussaoui’s constitutional rights by “coaching” witnesses.

Leonie Brinkema, the federal judge hearing the case, said: “In all the years I’ve been on the bench, I have never seen such an egregious violation of a rule on witnesses.” Her intervention represents a humiliating setback for the Administration, which has spent more than four years trying to bring someone to justice for the September 11, 2001, attacks.

Moussaoui, a 37-year-old French Moroccan, is the only person tried for direct involvement in the attacks, even though he was already under arrest for immigration violations.

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