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Military appeals court revives subpoena of CBS interview

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A military appeals court has ordered CBS to hand over untelevised portions of its "60 Minutes" interview with an officer…

A military appeals court has ordered CBS to hand over untelevised portions of its "60 Minutes" interview with an officer accused in the deaths of 24 Iraqi civilians at Haditha in 2005.

CBS told The New York Times it would appeal the order, which overturned the February ruling of a lower military judge quashing the government’s subpoena. Attorneys want to view the entirety of the interview to decide if Staff Sgt. Frank D. Wuterich told the network anything relevant to the government’s case.

Wuterich has pleaded not guilty to voluntary manslaughter in a case centered on the slaying of two dozen Iraqis, six children among them, after a roadside bomb killed a Marine. Wuterich’s CBS interview aired last spring.

In reinstating the subpoena, the appeals court ordered the military judge to watch the entire interview in private to decide if it is "relevant and necessary" to the government’s case, The Times reported.