Memphis native to defend suspected terrorist

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A Memphis native who will defend one of the accused 9/11 terrorists says it will be an emotional trial but he's obligated to do his best.

Army Maj. Jon Jackson, a lawyer on the Judge Advocate General Corps since 1996, told WMC-TV on Thursday that he's been assigned to represent one of the six men charged in the 2001 attacks.

Jackson added that he'll have to gain the trust of the defendant, who probably is apprehensive about the American military and its lawyers.

The trial is expected later this year. Jackson said he doesn't know which of the defendants he will represent.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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