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Judge in NYC tells lawyers he wants to narrow scope of Sept. 11 trial set for November
NEW YORK (AP) ' A federal judge says he wants to narrow the scope of a civil trial to determine if United Airlines can be held liable for the five hijackers who got weapons aboard one of the four jets hijacked on Sept. 11, 2001.
Judge Alvin Hellerstein commented Wednesday as he listened to arguments by lawyers preparing for the only trial to result from lawsuits brought by families of those killed in the terror attacks.
The judge says the November trial will not be a recounting of everything that happened on Sept. 11 but will focus on whether minimum federal safety requirements were followed.
The family of Mark Bavis, of West Newton, Mass., sued. He was a scout for the Los Angeles Kings hockey team and died when United Flight 175 hit the World Trade Center.