April 29, 2006 |
Jurors in the Zacarias Moussaoui case finished a fourth day of deliberations in Alexandria without a verdict. They are to resume deliberations Monday morning on whether Moussaoui, 37, deserves the death penalty or life in prison. U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema again admonished jurors not to do research at home.
April 27, 2006 |
Jurors considering the fate of Zacarias Moussaoui adjourned without reaching a verdict in the only U.S. case related to the Sept. 11 hijackings. The jury has been deliberating since Monday in Alexandria. They will resume deliberations today on whether confessed conspirator Moussaoui, 37, should be executed or sentenced to life in prison.
April 26, 2006 |
Jurors in the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui completed their second day of deliberations in Alexandria without deciding whether the Sept. 11 conspirator should receive a death sentence or life in prison. They went home after working 6 3/4 hours, bringing their total deliberations to 9 3/4 hours. Earlier in the day, they asked for a dictionary, but Judge Leonie M. Brinkema said that giving them one would be like adding evidence in the case.
April 25, 2006 |
The fate of Zacarias Moussaoui was turned over to a federal court jury Monday, and the nine men and three women began debating whether he should be executed for his role in the Sept. 11 conspiracy or spend the rest of his life in prison. In closing arguments, prosecutors declared that the French Moroccan member of Al Qaeda, arrested while in flight training in Minnesota weeks before the attacks on New York and the Pentagon, should pay with his life for the 2,972 innocents killed that day.
April 21, 2006 |
Terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui does not suffer from schizophrenia or paranoia but does have deep personality flaws that explain his bizarre behavior since his arrest several weeks before the Sept. 11 attacks, a psychiatrist testifying for the prosecution told a jury Thursday. Dr. Raymond F. Patterson also suggested that Moussaoui was justified in being angry with his lawyers because they did not want him to testify in his own defense.
April 19, 2006 |
A clinical psychologist hired by the defense told a federal court jury Tuesday that admitted terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui is a paranoid schizophrenic who began to lose his ability to reason a decade ago, when he first embraced Muslim extremism in England. The mental health expert from New York testified all day, describing his bizarre jailhouse interview with Moussaoui in which the 37-year-old Frenchman talked to himself and spat water at anyone who came near him.
April 18, 2006 |
Zacarias Moussaoui's two sisters told his jury Monday how their baby brother tried to escape the family's poverty and abuse but instead fell under the spell of Muslim extremists who turned a hopeful young man into one filled with hate. The videotaped testimony of his sisters, both of whom are mentally ill, was recorded last year. They were questioned at their quarters in separate institutions in France, only after it was certified that they had been taking medication to ward off schizophrenia.
April 17, 2006 |
When the nine men and three women gather for the last time in the seventh-floor jury room later this week, their verdict on whether Zacarias Moussaoui lives or dies may well hinge on how they size up the bearded figure in the green prison jumpsuit they have watched intently for the last six weeks. Is he crazy? To look at him, he would seem mad -- the bruised forehead from so much praying on his jail cell floor, his inaudible mumbles, the cold-hearted stare he flashes across the courtroom.
April 16, 2006
FOR ALL ITS IMPERFECTIONS and absurdities, and they are legion, the death penalty trial of Al Qaeda conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui has been an object lesson in how the U.S. judicial system should deal with accused terrorists. It also demonstrates that following the law and fighting terrorism are not incompatible. The trial in a federal court in Alexandria, Va., also has exposed an inconsistency bordering on hypocrisy in the Bush administration's treatment of so-called enemy combatants.
April 15, 2006 |
Would-be "shoe bomber" Richard Reid will not testify at the death penalty trial of Zacarias Moussaoui in Alexandria. U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema vacated the order she had previously issued requiring Reid to testify for the defense at Moussaoui's trial. Brinkema cited a letter written by Moussaoui's court-appointed lawyers and a motion filed by the federal public defenders in Boston who represented Reid. Both the letter and the motion by Reid's lawyers were sealed.