NY Lawyer Seeks to Ease Conditions for WTC Bomber

A lawyer for the mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing has asked a New York appeals court to let him investigate why the government insists his imprisoned client is still a danger to America.

Attorney Bernard Kleinman asked the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan Wednesday to let him gather facts from prosecutors about why Ramzi Yousef remains held under the strictest security. Yousef was convicted in the February 1993 attack that killed six people. He was sentenced to life in prison after he also was convicted in a plot to bomb 12 American airliners over the Far East.

Kleinman said the government has refused to alter prison conditions that keep Yousef in solitary confinement on the grounds he is still a threat.