Wen Ho Lee remains in jail

Wen Ho Lee remains in jail

A 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling last week quashed Wen Ho Lee's chances for release, at least temporarily. The court is slated to hold a hearing today on Lee's possible release.

The appeals court ordered the nuclear scientist held in lieu of bail pending trial on 59 felony counts that he mishandled classified information while working at the Energy Department's Los Alamos National Laboratory.

U.S. District Judge James A. Parker had ruled that Lee should be released on $1 million bail Sept. 1 if Justice Department prosecutors did not file an appeal. In his ruling, prepared before the appeals court acted and before receiving prosecutors' request to keep Lee in custody, Parker expressed doubt about the prosecutors' case.

'Dr. Lee's actions may not have been as surreptitious, clandestine and secretive as the government initially indicated,' Parker wrote in his 17-page opinion.

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