Justice Department Defies Court
If they didn't want to comply, justice should have dropped the charges themselves to avoid the need. But for outright violating the courts order, not only should the case be dropped and Moussaoui set free, but the Justice Department officals responsible should be charged with contempt of court and sent to the slammer themselves.
Story on cnn.com
The Justice Department on Monday refused a federal judge's order to allow accused terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui access to a captured al Qaeda leader because it would damage national security.
If there is real evidence against this guy, and it certainly seems there is, then he should in fact go to trial, be convicted if the facts weigh out the case, and then he should be sentenced appropriately. But the man is entitled to a full and fair trial. Which means he should have access to *all* evidence against him that the prosecution intends to use, and he should be able to have access to any potential evidence or witnesses that might be able to provide evidence to clear him. If the government feels it is unable to prove its case in open court, with full defense (and accused) access to evidence, then it can't make the case, and needs to let him go.
Now they are directly defying the authority of the court? Even after already losing appeals several times? Who do they think they are?