The jury deciding whether Zacarias Moussaoui should die heard the dramatic cockpit recording on Wednesday of passengers struggling to thwart hijackers in the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001. [And this is still secret from pub
A defense attorney for a Canadian teenager accused of killing a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan asked the judge on Wednesday to halt proceedings because of a lack of established rules for the military trials.
"He [the officer] reached out and grabbed her [Rep. McKinney (D-GA)] and she turned around and hit him," Gainer said. "Even the high and the haughty should be able to stop and say, 'I'm a congressman' and then everybody mov
A US judge overseeing a case against a Pakistani-American father and son accused of terrorism-related activity denied a defense request to review related NSA wiretaps. The judge said the government conveyed a classified response to the motion, and th
The deputy press secretary for the US Department of Homeland Security was arrested for using the Internet to seduce what he thought was a teenage girl. On several occasions, he instructed her to perform a sexual act while thinking of him and describe
The jurors obtained the definition [of WMDs] as deliberations neared 4 hours. US District Judge Brinkema told them the term includes airplanes used as missiles. 1 of the convictions on which Moussaoui could receive the death penalty is conspiracy to
The Washington headquarters of NASA was raided this week as part of a kiddie porn probe targeting an executive with the space agency. Federal investigators seized a laptop computer, a hard drive, CDs, and other material from the office of James R. Ro
A U.S. judge made an unusual visit to the death chamber at California's San Quentin prison on Thursday to ask questions about lethal injection, which is under challenge by an inmate condemned to die by the procedure.
A federal judge sentenced Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, the Falls Church man convicted of conspiring to kill President Bush and of joining an al-Qaeda cell in Saudi Arabia, to 30 years in prison with 30 additional years of supervised release.
A federal judge put in place temporary rules to prevent the leak of classified information in the case of alleged Al Qaeda operative Jose Padilla. While agreeing to rules proposed by prosecutors, U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke said she would consid
As the justices of the Supreme Court took their seats Tuesday morning to hear Osama bin Laden's former driver challenge the Bush administration's plan to try him before a military commission, one question — perhaps the most important one — wa
2 teenage girls face child pornography charges after posting sexually explicit photographs of themselves on the Internet. A police officer assigned to High School where the girl was a student, discovered the photographs while monitoring the Web site.
The indictment, returned where the case originated a week after the 9/11 attacks, charged that prosecutor Richard Convertino and State Department special agent Harry Smith conspired to withhold photographs of a Jordanian hospital they said was a targ
Top al-Qaeda operatives in US custody said that Zacarias Moussaoui was untrustworthy and not part of the 9/11 attacks. Most of the testimony was read aloud from detainees who were forbidden from testifying because of national security concerns. Much
A 13-year-old boy was charged with threatening President Bush — who is scheduled to travel to nearby Cincinnati next week — in two e-mails sent to the mayor, police said. Investigators did not find anything in a search of the boy's home to make t
The jury that will determine whether Zacarias Moussaoui lives or dies must decide whether to believe Moussaoui himself, who says he planned to fly a plane into the White House on 9/11, or the mastermind of 9/11, who says Moussaoui had nothing to do w
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia startled reporters in Boston just minutes after attending a mass, by making a hand gesture some consider obscene. A Boston Herald reporter asked the 70-year-old conservative Roman Catholic if he faces much qu
As states have gotten tougher on crime, prisons have cracked down on disruptive inmates by creating high-security segregation units with rules designed to cut off contact with the outside world.
A judge has approved subpoenas for former lobbyist Jack Abramoff and an ex-business partner to answer questions about the mob-style slaying of the owner of a gambling fleet they bought.
Faced with hundreds of claims by detainees at Guantanamo Bay, a federal appeals court pressed the Bush administration to say how much power judges will have to determine the legality of the detentions.
The federal judge presiding over the prosecution of 2 former lobbyists has focused attention on the imprecise nature of the law they are charged with breaking, the 1917 Espionage Act that restricts the dissemination of national defense information th
[Mighty white of them.] In what would be a key change in US policy, the Pentagon may formally require military prosecutors to observe a UN convention against torture in their use of evidence during tribunals at the Guantanamo prison camp.
A divided US Supreme Court ruled that the police cannot enter a home and seize evidence without a warrant when one occupant agreed to the search after the other occupant refused permission.
A 22-year-old federal law that allows people to be held without charges if they have information about others' crimes is coming under fresh scrutiny after reports that it has been abused in terrorism investigations. [ya think?!]
The headquarters supervisor of the FBI's international terrorism operations section testified he spent about 20 seconds discussing the case of Zacarias Moussaoui before the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Later he acknowledged an additional discussion.
Prosecutors will try to persuade a Texas appeals court to reinstate some of the criminal charges against Rep. Tom DeLay, who is trying to win re-election to Congress while under indictment. Accused of funneling illegal corporate donations to Republic
The headquarters supervisor of the FBI's international terrorism operations section testified he had never read an memo in which an agent proposed a full criminal investigation of Zacarias Moussaoui as a possible terrorist airplane hijacker.
An FBI agent testified in the sentencing trial of 9-11 conspirator that his superiors repeatedly blocked his efforts to warn of a possible terror attack. He arrested Moussaoui 3 weeks before the deadly airliner hijackings that killed 3,000 people, sa
The FBI agent who arrested Zacarias Moussaoui in August 2001 accused headquarters of criminal negligence for its refusal to investigate Moussaoui aggressively after his arrest, according to court testimony.
The death-penalty trial of al-Qaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui is back on track after a judge reversed course and agreed to admit some evidence about aviation security. US District Judge Brinkema relented from her earlier order barring all such t