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Judge sides with feds over classified documents

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 12:27 p.m. CDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge in Chicago has ruled an Illinois terror suspect shouldn't have extensive access to classified documents in his own case.

Wednesday's six-page ruling dealt with 19-year-old Abdella Tounisi. The Aurora teenager has denied trying to join an al-Qaida-affiliated force fighting in Syria's civil war.

Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan says "the government's interest in protecting national security doesn't evaporate simply because a defendant allegedly involved with terrorism insists on having personal access to classified information."

He says giving him access would be tantamount to making sensitive documents public.

Defense attorney Molly Armour can herself see many classified papers once she gets clearance. But in a September filing, she complained prosecutors won't even let Tounisi see transcripts of his own statements to investigators. She says that undermines his trial preparations.

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