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Sept. 11 trial jurist to speak on terrorism cases

Monday, April 28, 2008, 4:30 p.m. Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall
U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema, who presided over the trial of al-Qaeda conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui, will speak at 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 28, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. The title of her talk is "Terrorism Cases in Civilian Courts: Balancing the Powers of Government."

Brinkema has become one of the country's leading experts on terrorism trials through her oversight of the highest-profile terrorism trial held in the United States. Moussaoui, known as the "20th hijacker," is the only person who has been tried and convicted in a U.S. court for participation in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Appointed by President Clinton in 1993, Brinkema is the first woman to serve on the federal court in the Eastern District of Virginia. She previously worked as a trial attorney in the criminal division of the Department of Justice and served as an assistant U.S. attorney in Virginia.

The event is designated as the John Marshall Harlan '20 Lecture in Constitutional Adjudication and is sponsored by the Program in Law and Public Affairs. The lecture series honors Harlan, a Princeton alumnus who served on the U.S. Supreme Court from 1955 until 1971.

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