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Moussaoui Prosecutors: Trial Now Waste Of Time

From the lovers of terrorism at the DNC's Associated Press:

This courtroom drawing shows Judge Leonie Brinkema conferring with prosecutor David Raskin during Zacarias Moussaoui's trial on March 14.

Prosecutors Hamstrung in Moussaoui Trial

By MATTHEW BARAKAT
Mar 15, 12:34 PM EST

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Prosecutors seeking the death penalty against confessed terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui told a federal judge that it would be a waste of time to continue the trial after key government witnesses were barred from testifying.

The government is considering an appeal of U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema's decision Tuesday that guts roughly half of the federal case against Moussaoui.

Brinkema issued the sanctions because a government lawyer violated trial rules by coaching witnesses on their testimony and improperly giving them access to trial transcripts.

Brinkema delayed the trial until Monday to give prosecutors a chance to sort out their options.

In a conference call Tuesday between the judge and lawyers, Assistant U.S. Attorney Rob Spencer bluntly described the impact of Brinkema's ruling.

"We don't know whether it is worth us proceeding at all, candidly, under the ruling you made today," Spencer said, according to court transcripts of the hearing, which was closed to the public. "Because without some relief, frankly, I think that there's no point for us to go forward."

Spencer went on to say that resuming the trial under the current conditions would "waste the jury's time and the court's time."

But defense lawyer Edward MacMahon said prosecutors cannot appeal Brinkema's ruling to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond because the trial is already under way. Spencer said that even if MacMahon's legal interpretation is correct, the government still has the right to ask Brinkema to reconsider her ruling.

Brinkema said during the teleconference that she didn't know whether her ruling could be appealed.

Justice Department spokeswoman Tasia Scolinos called the decision disappointing. Without addressing the likelihood of overturning Brinkema's ruling, she stressed that prosecutors have already obtained a guilty plea from and at a minimum he will be imprisoned for life without possibility of release…

Because of some idiot prosecutor letting some of the witnesses see the government's opening arguments this judge seems determined to save Moussaoui from the death penalty — for crimes he has admitted to.

This is justice?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, March 15th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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