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Government Seeks to Keep Lindh’s Sentencing Plea Secret

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The Justice Department argues that American-born Taliban soldier John Walker Lindh’s personal plea for a shortened sentence should be kept private. It contends the Associated Press, which has asked U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska to make Lindh’s written arguments public, cannot “meets its burden of showing compelling evidence, much less any evidence, of government misconduct” in the case, and therefore can’t overcome Lindh’s “substantial privacy interests.” (11/7/06)