Judge refuses to delay Fort Dix case trial

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) - September 4, 2008 Defense lawyers have asked U.S. District Judge Robert Kugler to delay the trial because an expert witness for their clients is an Army reservist who is being called up this month for active duty in Iraq.

The judge said Thursday that he wants to hear from the witness, law enforcement expert Gregory Lee, before deciding whether he is too important for the case to go on without him. The judge asked the lawyers to bring Lee to his Camden courtroom for a hearing next week.

Some 1,500 prospective jurors have already been summoned for jury selection beginning Sept. 29.

The suspects face life in prison if convicted of all charges.

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