Moussaoui Found Eligible for Execution
This just in: a federal jury has decided Zacarias Moussaoui is eligible for the death penalty
for his role in the 9/11 Attacks.
This means the trial now moves into its second phase, where prosecutors will try to convince the jury to execute Moussaoui.
I'm no lawyer, but this seems a little suspicious to me. Can you execute a man for lying? I'm not saying I have an answer, but that's what this case comes down to. True, his lies may have prevented law enforcement from stopping 9/11. But, in light of some of the evidence presented at the trial, the FBI might have been its own worst enemy. From the WP:
The defense unearthed government documents that showed FBI headquarters ignored repeated warnings from the bureau's own agents in August 2001 that Moussaoui was a terrorist who wanted to hijack an airplane. One FBI agent who testified for the government, Harry Samit, admitted on cross-examination that he had issued more than 70 such warnings to his superiors but was obstructed through what he labeled "criminal negligence.''
This whole thing smells a bit like scapegoat.