A bid by federal prosecutors to have Southern District of New York Judge Shira Scheindlin removed from the case of a San Diego college student who allegedly lied about knowing one of the Sept. 11 hijackers was rejected Thursday.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in an opinion by Judge Barrington D. Parker, said Scheindlin should keep the case of Osama Awadallah, who was charged with two counts of perjury for denying before a grand jury that he knew one of the hijackers and for denying that a hand-written notation in one of his exam booklets that mentioned the hijacker was his own.

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