Terrorist tried in federal court could have right to challenge evidence

Friday, February 27, 2009

An alleged follower of al Qaeda may soon face terrorism-related charges in U.S. federal court. The move would eliminate the possibility of a military tribunal for the man who is the only designated enemy combatant to be held in the continental United States. Moving the trial into federal court offers the defendant legal options available in civilian criminal court, like the right to challenge the evidence against him. For what this means for future terrorism trials, we are joined by John Schwartz, National Legal Correspondent for the New York Times, who is following this story.

Read The New York Times article U.S. Will Give Qaeda Suspect a Civilian Trial

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