- The Washington Times - Friday, October 10, 2003

Closed hearing sought in Moussaoui case

Citing the need to discuss classified information, the government said yesterday that the public should be banned from an appellate hearing on whether terrorism suspect Zacarias Moussaoui has a constitutional right to question al Qaeda prisoners.

Prosecutors also suggested an alternative used earlier in the same case, a proceeding split into public and secret sessions.

The 4th U.S. Court of Appeals in Richmond is expected to hear oral arguments during the first week in December after written briefs are filed.

The one-page written motion said an attorney for Mr. Moussaoui opposed closing the entire proceeding but agreed to sealing the classified portion of the arguments.

Mr. Moussaoui, accused of conspiracy to commit terrorism, is the only U.S. defendant indicted as a conspirator with the September 11, 2001, suicide hijackers.

Kidnapped boy found bound

MAPLETON, Utah — A 5-year-old boy who was kidnapped on his way home from school was found bound and gagged in a campground four hours later, and police arrested a suspect early yesterday after the boy said his abductor drove a green pickup.

Robert Allen Kartchner, 20, was arrested for aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and attempted aggravated assault in the Thursday incident, sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Spencer Cannon said.

Police did not know a motive, but Sgt. Cannon said there were no signs of sexual abuse. The boy had stab wounds but was not seriously injured. He was kept overnight in a hospital and released to his parents.

Brooklyn leader posts bail in grand larceny

NEW YORK — Brooklyn Democratic leader Clarence Norman pleaded not guilty yesterday to charges of grand larceny and failing to report a campaign contribution.

Mr. Norman, a longtime state assemblyman as well as party leader, posted $25,000 bail and was freed after his arraignment. He spent Thursday night in the Brooklyn district attorney’s headquarters rather than a jail cell after surrendering.

Mr. Norman, 52, was accused of accepting state funds for expenses already covered by his political party. Prosecutors claim to have evidence that a $5,000 check written to a campaign committee wound up in Mr. Norman’s personal bank account.

Rep. Dingell resting after stent surgery

Rep. John Dingell, the longest-serving House member, was recovering yesterday after undergoing surgery to replace a stent in an artery, his office said.

Mr. Dingell, Michigan Democrat, had the stent inserted in May to open a blocked artery. During a follow-up examination, doctors noticed the stent was narrowing and decided to replace it.

Capitol Physician Dr. Bruce Clemons said that Mr. Dingell’s heart is healthy, according to a statement from the congressman’s office. The congressman was expected to remain overnight at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland and be released today.

Mr. Dingell, 77, who is an avid hunter, said doctors assured him he wouldn’t miss duck-hunting season in southern Michigan.

Judge blocks law for abortion wait

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A federal judge yesterday blocked a state law that would have required a 24-hour waiting period for abortions. It was to have taken effect today.

The law requires physicians to consult with a patient about the procedure’s risks a full day before performing an abortion. The Legislature overrode Democratic Gov. Bob Holden’s veto to pass the measure Sept. 11.

Planned Parenthood sued to stop the law, contending it was too vague to be properly enforced. U.S. District Judge Scott O. Wright issued a temporary restraining order against the law and set a Jan. 27 hearing on whether to impose an injunction.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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