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Lawyers spar on secret-court documents in Chicago

June 4, 2014
Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal appeals court in Chicago has heard oral arguments over surveillance issues highlighted during the past year by disclosures from onetime government contractor Edward Snowden.

During oral arguments Wednesday, a government attorney asked a three-judge panel to reverse a trial court's ruling granting a terrorist suspect's lawyers unprecedented access to secret intelligence-court records.

Prosecutor William Ridgway says letting the defense see Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court documents would be a first, and that it could harm national security.

A lawyer for Adel Daoud says the defense is being asked to mount pre-trial objections to secret-court records they can't see. Lawyer John Cline likened that to someone being blindfolded while "playing pin the tail on the donkey."

The 20-year-old Daoud denies trying to ignite a bomb in Chicago in 2012.



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