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Judge Bars Major Witness From Civilian Terrorism Trial

In an article published this morning, October 6, 2010, entitled "Judge Bars Major Witness From Civilian Terrorism Trial," The New York Times reports that federal Judge Lewis Kaplan has barred prosecutors from using a key witness, Hussein Abebe, whose identity was elicited during a secret overseas jail operated by the CIA. 

The ruling represents a major setback for the Obama Administration's efforts to try alleged terrorists in Article III courts by substantively limiting the kinds of evidence prosecutors can introduce. 

In his three page opinion, Judge Kaplan wrote: "the government has failed to prove that Abebe's testimony is sufficiently attenuated from Ghailani's coerced statements to permits its receipt in evidence."

A full opinion is expected to be issued later. For the full text of the article, click here

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