Terror Probe: A Suspect's New Legal Pulpit

Zacarias Moussaoui for the defense? The alleged 20th hijacker's bid to fire his lawyers and represent himself, which must be granted unless he's found mentally incompetent, would mean major headaches for prosecutors if it's successful, say sources familiar with the government's view of the case. Prosecutors at a hearing last week said they were worried about "subtly coded messages" that Moussaoui might send from prison through intermediaries. If Moussaoui is allowed to be his own lawyer, he could send signals, coded or not, with journalists present. "They have to worry about what comes out of his mouth," said a close observer....

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