U.S. Attorney General To Argue Ressam Case Before Supreme Court

SEATTLE (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey has decided to personally argue the case of Algerian terrorist Ahmed Ressam before the Supreme Court.

Mukasey, a former federal prosecutor and judge, will be the first attorney general to appear before the justices since Janet Reno argued a case in 1996.

The Justice Department is seeking to have part of Ressam’s conviction reinstated. Ressam, an al-Qaida operative, was caught entering the United States in Port Angeles with a trunkload of explosives in December 1999, prompting fears of a millennium attack.

The Supreme Court arguments are set for March 25.