NY judge sees no evidence of spying in terror case

AP News
|
Posted: Jul 08, 2013 4:53 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge has rejected claims by a lawyer for Osama bin Laden's son-in-law that the defense team in his terrorism case needs protection from "willy-nilly" eavesdropping by the government.

Judge Lewis Kaplan said Monday "not a shred of evidence" had been offered to support the defense's claim in the case against Sulaiman Abu Ghaith (SOO'-lay-mahn AH'-boo GAYTH).

Abu Ghaith attorney Stanley Cohen had sought a restraining order to prevent the government from secretly listening in on the defense team's work.

Cohen claimed NSA leaker Edward Snowden's revelations show the government "is allowed to willy-nilly monitor" communications. His client is charged with conspiring to kill Americans in his role as al-Qaida's spokesman.

A prosecutor assured the judge that no investigators were spying on the defense's phone and Internet communications