Moussaoui Eligible For Death Penalty

3 04 2006


This almost sounds ridiculous. Like saying “Hitler eligible for death penalty,” if he were on trial.

Via FoxNews:

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 that begins Thursday whether to recommend death or life imprisonment for the Al Qaeda devotee.

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 precedent-setting one, in that Moussaoui was not convicted of having a direct role in the Sept. 11 attacks or plot.

“I find the decision of the jury to be very problematic,” said Jonathan Turley of George Washington University Law School. “I do not see in the evidence any basis to conclude beyond a reasonable doubt that had Moussaoui revealed what he knew, we would have prevented 9/11.”

“He’s basically being put to death for the act of omission. There would be no limit to how far this type of theory could be used,” Turley said.

Last month, Moussaoui offered to testify for prosecutors against himself. And last week, Moussaoui appeared to drop a bombshell in the case when he testified that he knew about the attacks ahead of time and that he and failed shoe-bomber Richard Reid were slated to hijack a fifth airliner and crash it into the White House.

Prosecutors argued federal agents would have been able to thwart or at least minimize the attacks if Moussaoui had revealed his Al Qaeda membership and his terror plans when he was arrested and interrogated by federal agents.

The legal community has been watching Moussaoui’s case closely, not just for its historical significance but for the precedent it would set for capital murder convictions.

I simply do not agree with “precedent” being set for an illegal immigrant trying to learn how to fly planes. Especially when they offer to testify against themselves. This precedent has to be thrown out the window and since the twenty hijackers are dead now, precedent will have to be set with Osama or another high-ranking Al-Qaeda leader. I’ll show you precedent.

Others: Michelle Malkin, Stop The ACLU, Wizbang, Expose The Left, Atlass Shrugs, Sister Toldjah

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