Ninth Circuit to reconsider anti-terror ruling Bernard Hibbitts at 4:31 PM ET
The Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals agreed Wednesday to reconsider its December 2003 ruling against a 1996 federal law that allowed a wide avenue for arrest and prosecution of suspected terrorists. As previously reported in JURIST's Paper Chase, a three-judge panel held that the law could not be used to punish people - sometimes with as much as a life sentence - for simply providing 'training' or 'personnel' to a terror group; the court said the government had to prove that defendants knew they were willingly contributing to a terrorist act. The case, involving assistance provided to by the Humanitarian Law Project to a Kurdish group in Turkey on a US terrorism watchlist, will now be heard by the full court of 11 members. AP has more.
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