Trial of Aipac lobbyists gets postponed one month

By NATHAN GUTTMAN
March 29, 2006 16:47

The trial of two former Aipac lobbyists accused of communicating national security information was pushed back a month, and will begin only on May 23rd. The decision to postpone the trial by a month was announced Tuesday, and is due to the prolonged debate over pre-trial motions. The defense has filed motions asking to dismiss the entire case, citing the fact that there are no precedents for putting civilians on trial for receiving and disclosing oral classified information without any document being passed on. The court is expected to rule on these motions in the coming weeks, after receiving detailed briefs from both sides by Friday. The main reason for the delay in opening the trial is the need to determine what part of the classified information used as evidence in the case will be available for the defense. The final hearing on the discovery of evidence is set to take place late next month.


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