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April 3, 2006

Verdict reached in Moussaoui case

As detailed in this AP story, jurors in the federal death-penalty trial of Zacarias Moussaoui "reached a verdict Monday on whether the confessed al-Qaida terror conspirator is eligible for execution."  That verdict will be announced at 4pm today.

UPDATE:  The jury (unsurprisingly?) has decided that Moussaoui is death penalty eligible to culminate what was essentially the guilt phase of his capital trial.  Consequently, the trial will now move into a second punishment phase to determine whether he deserves the death penalty.  My understanding is that victims of the September 11 attacks and their families will testify in this second phase.

Right now, CNN has lots of Moussaoui coverage at its homepage.

ADDITIONAL UPDATE:  Lyle Denniston now has great coverage of the verdict here at SCOTUSblog.  His post ends with these insights:

It was widely believed, by those following the death proceeding closely, that the hardest burden for the government would be the death eligibility verdict. And, with the jury now unanimously in favor of eligibility, it seems only a matter of time until the proceeding results in an actual death sentence.

It is a virtual certainty that his defense lawyers will seek to appeal any death verdict, ultimately to the Supreme Court. He probably would not cooperate in any such appeal, but his lawyers may proceed without his concurrence, as they have throughout the death penalty proceeding.

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I would personally like to see this man put in a holding cell with our national anthem followed by the lords prayer and then the pledge to allegiance played over and over again, night and day until he is taken to his death. To me, this would be the greatest punishment of all, since he has avowed such hate and contempt for Americans. Maybe even a few children singing Jesus loves me could be thrown in. What a devine torture for such a wicked man. I am a lowly office worker, no important degree. Not scholarly, just really ticked off.

Posted by: Susie Stephens | Apr 14, 2006 12:33:03 PM

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