Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Prosecutor Summarizes Bomb Case Says Aim Was to Send Terrorist Message

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Prosecutor Summarizes Bomb Case Says Aim Was to Send Terrorist Message

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A federal prosecutor in the World Trade Center bombing trial tied together complicated pieces of the deadly scheme Tuesday, concluding the aim of the blast was to send a terrorist message to Americans.

The defendants "were all part of the conspiracy to blow up the World Trade Center. They killed six people, injured more than 1,000 and caused hundreds of millions of dollars in destruction to send a terrorist message to the United States," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Henry DePippo.

DePippo made his comments on the second day of closing arguments. Defense attorneys are scheduled to begin their summations today, with the government ending with rebuttal possibly by the end of the week.

Legal experts believe the outcome of the trial could depend on the strength of the government's summation and prosecutors' ability to link the complex pieces of the case.

Although the government presented more than 200 witnesses and 1,000 exhibits, it is hampered by a lack of eyewitnesses. …

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