The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person charged in connection with the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
The justices Monday let stand a lower court ruling that allowed the U.S. government to pursue the death penalty against Mr. Moussaoui while restricting his access to three al-Qaida members in U.S. custody.
Mr. Moussaoui's lawyers had sought to interview the captives, in hopes of obtaining testimony that could help their client's case.
The lower court ruling now in effect restricts the lawyers to summaries of the captives' interrogation statements prepared by the U.S. government.
No trial date has been set for Mr. Moussaoui, who admits he swore allegiance to Osama bin Laden but denies any role in planning the September 11 attacks.
Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.