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Terrorism Trials: Civilian Court

Summary of Judge Cooper's Opinion on Motion in Limine in United States v. Abu Khatallah

On September 7, U.S. District Judge Christopher R. Cooper of the District of Columbia issued an opinion in the case of United States v. Abu Khatallah, granting in part and denying in part the Government’s pretrial motion to admit “other acts” evidence.

Terrorism Trials: Civilian Court

Judge Denies Abu Khattala Request to be Returned to Libya and Spared Death Penalty

In a 20-page opinion, D.C. District Judge Christopher R. Cooper yesterday denied a request by Ahmed Abu Khattala to return to Libya and be spared the death penalty. Khatalla, who stands accused of orchestrating and leading the 2012 attacks on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, claims that his rights to due process were violated upon his arrest and subsequent 13 day detainment without counsel aboard a U.S. Navy ship. In October 2014, he pleaded not guilty to an 18-count indictment that included charges of murder, conspiracy, and destroying a U.S. facility.

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