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The case that many hoped would show off the best of America’s criminal justice system, the prosecution of alleged “20th hijacker” Zacarias Moussaoui, took another unpredictable turn on Tuesday. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided not to decide an appeal, and ordered the trial judge to work out a standoff between federal prosecutors and the alleged terrorist. The issue at hand: Moussaoui wants to interview a supposed al-Qaida member as part of his defense, but the government says allowing the interview would jeopardize national security. Neither prosecutors nor Moussaoui, who represents himself and has made numerous incendiary remarks in open court and in papers, have been models of compromise. Meanwhile, the 8th Circuit voted 2-1 to uphold an indefinite immigration detention of a Cuban national. Lazaro Borrero, who had finished serving time on criminal charges when he was detained, had raised a due process challenge. … London-based Barclays Bank has been looking stateside for a general counsel for about a year, and the British paper The Lawyer reports that the search “has descended into chaos.” After one unnamed American attorney rejected an offer, the bank has begun to paw through résumés of outside counsel at Clifford Chance and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. A faction on the board, though, still wants a U.S. lawyer. Current GC Howard Trust, who announced his departure plans last summer, is staying on for now. … In an era of online advice, legal self-help books and the encroachment of other disciplines on the legal profession, the American Bar Association has been struggling with model rules on the unauthorized practice of law. But the ABA gets no slack from The Wall Street Journal. The newspaper’s editorial page editors, who have sliced into the ABA in the past, adopted the darkest possible spin on the debate over UPL at an ABA meeting earlier this year. The main goal of the ABA, says a Journal op-ed published Tuesday, is “to tighten its cartel so lawyers can raise prices.” Related links: Appeals Court Seeks Compromise to Keep Moussaoui Case in Civil Court Lazaro D. Borrero v. Curtis J. Aljets, Immigration and Naturalization Service Barclays’ Search for Legal Chief in Crisis

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