April 3, 2006
Moussaoui Eligible for Death - Blog At 11:00
Well, probably later this afternoon, after some longish MSM pieces are up and I can digest the story. In the meanwhile, at least, unlike the army band of General Charles Cornwallis when he surrendered to George Washington at Yorktown, we needn't begin playing "the World Turned Upside-Down," as Friend Lee worried. Associated Press:
A federal jury found al-Qaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui eligible Monday to be executed, deciding that his lies to FBI agents led directly to at least one death in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
According to Fox News, the next step is that the same jury, which just determined that Moussaoui's actions led to at least one death -- making "death a possible sentence in this case," as a prosecutor just said on the radio -- will sit through a second penalty phase... this time so they can actually decide whether he does, in fact, get the death penalty or life without parole.
But that's not the end: if the jury recommends the death penalty, then left-leaning Clinton Judge Leonie Brinkema will have the final say. If she decides to ignore the jury and keep poor Mr. Moussaoui alive, she can do so. (I believe that if the jury decides against the death penalty, she cannot impose it over their objections).
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The following hissed in response by: Dick E
Until this evening, I was somewhat conflicted about giving Moussaoui the death penalty. Mind you, I can't think of anyone who deserves it more, but what if he sincerely wanted to be a martyr and be greeted by all those virgins? We'd be giving him just what he wanted.
But today he made a comment when leaving the courtroom. I don't remember his exact words, but it was something like "You'll never have my blood!" Doesn't sound like the words of someone who wants to die.
More importantly though, I heard from some of the family members of the 9/11 victims. They clearly think this scumbag should be wiped from the face of the earth, and they will feel at least a little consolation if he is executed. I'm sure there are a few bleeding hearts among the 9/11 relatives who think Moussaoui should live, but I'm with the folks I heard today.
Let him fry!
The following hissed in response by: hunter
Justice is served with that Jury's decision.
The following hissed in response by: CroolWurld
No, I like the idea of letting him rot in prison like the hero he is. I just find the locution "eligible" for the death penalty somewhat strange. Generally speaking, I'm rather envious of eligibility, so I have mixed emotions.
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