Accused terrorist wants trial aired

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Zacarias Moussaoui, the first person charged in relation to the Sept. 11
attacks, wants his trial to be televised, his defense attorneys said in a motion
Friday.

Moussaoui is concerned that he will not get a fair trial, and he feels that
television cameras would contribute to a fairer hearing, according to the
Associated Press.

Judge Leonie Brinkema of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of
Virginia will hear arguments Jan. 9 on whether cameras should be allowed in the
courtroom.

Courtroom Television Network has taken the lead in the effort, with backing
from cable public-affairs channel C-SPAN.

C-SPAN general counsel Bruce Collins said he thinks it is 'unlikely that the
motion will be granted, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't continue to make the
arguments.'

The Radio-Television News Directors Association, The Reporters Committee for
Freedom of the Press and Cable News Network also planned to file 'friend of the
court' briefs late Friday.

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