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Jury Gives Moussaoui Life, Al Qaeda A Victory

From the terrorist enablers at the DNC’s Associated Press:

A photo collage of the people Moussaoui helped to murder on 9/11.

Moussaoui Gets Life for Role in Sept. 11

By MICHAEL J. SNIFFEN, Associated Press Writer

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A federal jury rejected the death penalty for al-Qaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui on Wednesday and decided he must spend life in prison for his role in the deadliest terrorist attack in U.S. history.

After seven days of deliberation, the nine men and three women rebuffed the government’s appeal for death for the only person charged in this country in the four suicide jetliner hijackings that killed nearly 3,000 people on Sept. 11, 2001.

Three jurors decided Moussaoui had only limited knowledge of the Sept. 11 plot and three described his role in the attacks as minor, if he had any role at all.

Moussaoui, as he was led out of the courtroom after the 15-minute hearing, said: "America, you lost. I won." He clapped his hands as he was escorted away.

The verdict came after four years of legal maneuvering and a six-week trial that put jurors on an emotional roller coaster and gave the 37-year-old Frenchman of Moroccan descent a platform to taunt Americans. The judge was to hand down the life sentence Thursday morning, bound by the jury’s verdict.

The jury did not reach the unanimity required for a death sentence. Whether jurors were split on that question or unanimous on a life sentence was not announced.

The jury did agree unanimously that Moussaoui "knowingly created a grave risk of death" for more than the intended victims of Sept. 11 and committed his acts with "substantial planning" — accepting two of the aggravating factors necessary for a death sentence.

But they did not give sufficient weight to those findings to reach a death sentence, balancing them against mitigating factors offered by the defense. Jurors did not, however, accept defense arguments that Moussaoui was mentally ill.

I love this description:

the 37-year-old Frenchman of Moroccan descent…

No mention of his relgious beliefs. Can’t have that, can we Associated Press?

How would these people have voted?

The media, the lawyers and the other people who hate this country have destroyed our system of justice.

And now begins the relentless drumbeat from the same hate America crowd to "free this innocent man."

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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