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Storm warning prompts 9/11 trial hearing postponement

Wednesday's snowstorm prompted the New York City Council to postpone a hearing on the venue of the Sept. 11 conspiracy trial in Manhattan, said a spokeswoman for Councilman Peter Vallone Jr., who originally scheduled it.

The hearing, initially set for Wednesday at 1 p.m., has been rescheduled for Friday at the same time, said a Vallone aide.

Vallone said on Monday the hearing was designed to give New Yorkers a forum to raise concerns about the terror trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others planned in lower Manhattan's federal court. Vallone, who is chair of the Council Committee on Public Safety, called for the hearing a day after President Barack Obama said he had not made up his mind about pulling the trial out of the city in the face of stiff public and political pressure.

But whenever the hearing takes place, it was unclear if any public officials of note would testify. City Hall said neither Mayor Michael Bloomberg nor any of his commissioners would appear. Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), an opponent of civilian trials for suspect Mohammed and his four alleged accomplices, said he would like to testify, but as of Tuesday morning hadn't received an invitation.

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