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Judge: Plenty of evidence to convict bin Laden kin

Judge says there's plenty of evidence to convict bin Laden spokesman; refuses to dismiss case

Judge: Plenty of evidence to convict bin Laden kin

NEW YORK (AP) -- A judge says he thinks there's more than enough proof to convict Osama bin Laden's son-in-law and al-Qaida spokesman of conspiring to kill Americans.

U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan turned down a defense request Friday to dismiss the case. He called the evidence against Sulaiman Abu Ghaith "dramatically more than merely sufficient" for conviction. But he noted that's for jurors to decide.

The defense case is due to start Monday. Abu Ghaith is the highest-level al-Qaida figure to face trial in the U.S. since the Sept. 11 attacks. He has pleaded not guilty.

Also Monday, defense lawyers will likely revisit efforts to introduce information from professed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed. He's answered written questions from them, but they'd need Kaplan's OK to introduce them.