Thursday, February 26, 2009

Classified Documents Allowed in Espionage Trial

WashingtonPost

A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that two former pro-Israel lobbyists accused of violating the Espionage Act can use classified information at trial, the latest setback for prosecutors in the closely watched case.

The decision by the Richmond-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit allows the former lobbyists for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee to introduce evidence from two classified government documents at their trial, scheduled for April 21. Attorneys for the lobbyists, Steven J. Rosen and Keith Weissman, consider the information crucial to the defense.

Rosen and Weissman are charged with conspiring to obtain classified information and pass it to journalists and the Israeli government.

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