Thursday, March 23, 2006

Judge Abrubtly Halts Moussaoui Trial

Judge Abruptly Halts Moussauoi Trial

Four federal aviation officials scheduled to testify in the sentencing trial of al-Qaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui said Tuesday that improper coaching by a federal lawyer would not affect what they tell the jury, but the four disclosed new problems in the government's handling of witnesses.The trial was in recess and the jury was absent Tuesday so Brinkema could hold a hearing to determine whether to end the government's bid to execute Moussaoui after the startling revelation a day ago that a federal attorney had used trial transcripts to coach seven upcoming trial witnesses.

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