WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme court on Monday declined to settle a long-running dispute in the government’s case against terror suspect Zacarias Moussaoui.
In refusing to hear Moussaoui’s appeal, the justices let stand a 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that kept the death penalty in play and ordered a compromise on Moussaoui’s access to top-ranking Al Qaeda figures that are in U.S. custody.
Moussaoui, a 36-year-old French national, is the only person charged in connection with the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks in the United States. Once regarded as a legal slam-dunk by federal prosecutors, the case has proven anything but.