April 03, 2006
A federal jury on Monday al-Qaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui eligible to be executed for his role in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.
Zacarias Moussaoui may be put to death for his role in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people, a jury found Monday. The jury will consider in a second penalty phase whether to recommend death or life imprisonment for the Al Qaeda devotee.
The sentencing phase for Moussaoui, who pleaded guilty to six terror-related conspiracy charges last year, will involve the testimony of victims' family members and could be protracted. U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema will consider the jury's recommendation and ultimately decide whether Moussaoui will be executed or spend the rest of his life in a federal prison.
The jury had to find that Moussaoui was responsible for at least one death in the attacks in order for him to be death-penalty eligible. The case is a precedence-setting one in modern U.S. history, in that Moussaoui was not convicted of having a direct role in the Sept. 11 attacks or plot.
Moussaoui pleaded guilty last April to conspiring with Al Qaeda to commit acts of terrorism, use weapons of mass destruction and other terror-related crimes. Originally considered the "20th hijacker" when he was charged in December 2001, the intelligence community has since come to believe Moussaoui had no direct role in the attacks.
Posted by Cassandra at April 3, 2006 04:16 PM
You know, the irony is: I agree with the intel community. He had no role in this.
However, he was definitely in America to recruit for al Qaeda. That ought to be a hanging offense as it is -- so I have no sense that he is getting hurt here.
Posted by: Grim at April 3, 2006 08:46 PM
Put out his eyes, immediately after forcing him to watch his mother being consumed by goats.
Whoops! Sorry! I was just channeling my evil twin.
He lives...elsewhere...you know, elsewhere?
Posted by: spd rdr at April 3, 2006 10:40 PM
Yeah, I do know. He lives in America circa 1880, or so.
Posted by: Grim at April 3, 2006 11:09 PM