Tarry for the Nonce

May 10, 2006

Unexpected Mercy

Filed under: Politics — lmwalker @ 5:34 pm

Stunned that he was sentenced to life in prison rather than execution, Zacarias Moussaoui now believes he could get a fair trial from an American jury . . .

“I had thought I would be sentenced to death based on the emotions and anger toward me for the deaths on Sept. 11,” he explained in an affidavit. “But after reviewing the jury verdict and reading how the jurors set aside their emotions and disgust for me and focused on the law and the evidence … I now see that it is possible that I can receive a fair trial even with Americans as jurors.”

He is trying to get a new trial and attests that his plea of “guilty” was a lie to which he was driven by despair or resentment . . . or something like that.

In any case, the judge rejected it and Moussaoui remains behind bars. So what is the truth? Was Moussaoui involved in 9/11? (Probably, but not as intimately as he would have liked to have been.) Did he lie? (Definitely.) In any case, the man is clearly off his rocker and should be placed in a situation where he can do no further damage.

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