By LARRY NEUMEISTER
NEW YORK (AP) -- Jury selection has begun in New York City in the
terrorism trial of Osama bin Laden's son-in-law. He's charged with
conspiring to kill Americans in his role as al-Qaida's spokesman after
the Sept. 11 attacks.
Federal Judge Lewis Kaplan began questioning prospective jurors
Monday for the trial of Sulaiman Abu Ghaith (SOO'-lay-mahn AH'-boo
Abu Ghaith listened to an interpreter as Kaplan tried to determine
the legitimacy of hardship claims by prospective jurors who said they
didn't believe they could serve. Many of about two dozen people who
claimed hardships said long commutes to court would be too difficult.
Opening statements are expected to begin later this week. The trial
is scheduled to last about three weeks. Abu Ghaith was brought to the
United States last year after his capture in Jordan.