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Afghanistan War / Walker Case / Charges #651292

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Jan 15, 2002
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(White House: Terry Moran) The decision by President Bush's administration to try American Taliban fighter John Walker in a civilian court on charges of conspiracy to kill Americans overseas featured; details given about Walker's training with Al Qaeda, his meeting with Saudi terrorist Osama bin Laden and his interest in Islam. [Attorney General John ASHCROFT - says Walker chose terrorism.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Justice Department: Pierre Thomas) Problems with the Justice Department case against Walker examined. [Legal analyst Eugene FIDELL, former assistant United States attorney Tom CONNOLLY - comment on the legality of Walker's statements in Afghanistan.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Alexandria, Virginia: Jackie Judd) The background of the eastern district court of Virginia where Walker will be tried reviewed; details given about "the rocket docket" nickname for how fast criminal cases are handled here. [Zwerling and Kemler partner Lisa KEMLER - says the process moves too fast.] [CONNOLLY - says speed favors the prosecution.]

Jennings, Peter;
Judd, Jackie;
Moran, Terry;
Thomas, Pierre

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