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Moussaoui asks for new trial
Posted by: McQ on Monday, May 08, 2006

Wow, who knew you could get a fair trial in the US?

Well apparently not Zacarias Moussaoui, until, of course, he was sentenced to life without parole to be served underground in a Colorado super maximum security prison. Or so he claims.

Now suddenly Mr. Defiant, who laughed at despondent relatives of those killed on 9/11, is interested in setting the record straight:
Zacarias Moussaoui has asked to withdraw his guilty plea to a terror plot because he's now convinced he can get a "fair trial" in a U.S. court.

Moussaoui said in a motion filed in federal court on Friday and released Monday that he only said he was part of the Sept. 11, 2001, hijacking plot with Mohammad Atta and others because he did not think he would receive a fair trial, The New York Times reported.

Last week, a federal jury in Alexandria, Va., gave Moussaoui a life sentence, rejecting possible capital punishment, for concealing knowledge of the terror attacks on New York's World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

In the motion, he said he claimed to be a member of the plot "even though I knew that was a complete fabrication" and sought a retrial "because I now see that it is possible that I can receive a fair trial even with Americans as jurors."

Moussaoui's court-appointed lawyers said they filed the motion for a new trial even though federal rules prohibit defendants from withdrawing a guilty plea after sentencing.
Moussaoui's a punk. In fact he's the classic punk.

He just like a million of them I've seen in my lifetime. All defiance and bluster until it becomes apparent those in authority are really serious about him and what he claims to have done. Now that he knows he's going in a hole never to see light again, he's not quite as defiant is he? His cajones spontaneously vaporize and his voice raises an octave or two.

Suddenly the punk begins backpeddling and changing his story. Now he really didn't mean it. In fact, he really didn't do it. He's now completely innocent. With his bluster and bluff checked and mated, he dosen't want to go into that hole.

Reality's a bitch, huh?

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Previous Comments to this Post 

A punk that’s still getting media coverage; after all, if he had gotten the death penality then he would have been able to soapbox all of his appeals.

Since that didn’t happen, he’s got to do something else to stay in the spotlight.
Written By: Mark A. Flacy
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Come on, Mark, when is the last time you saw or heard of a death penalty sentence without appeal or "a soapbox?"
Written By: McQ
This makes perfect sense given his comment about America losing and him winning, doesn’t it?

*rolls eyes*
Written By: OrneryWP
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I hope Dirty Harry meets him on the way to the hole.
Written By: jimrhoads (vnjagvet)
Come on, Mark, when is the last time you saw or heard of a death penalty sentence without appeal or "a soapbox?"

That’s what I get for posting from work, but I thought that I had written words which indicated that Moussaoui would have used his death sentence appeals as additional opportunities to get on a soapbox and babble whatever message he’s trying to get out. Since he didn’t get the death penalty, he’s got to try another trick to be considered newsworthy.

If nothing else, his main and only pleasure in life will be his being the biggest PITA that he can be. Countless BS appeals and motions will be coming out of that boy for the many years that we’ve given him. Whee.
Written By: Mark A. Flacy
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Yeah, Mark, I think he misread you. Your use of "after all" may have thrown him for a loop. I had to read the sentence twice myself.
Written By: OrneryWP
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I figure he’s just trying to keep the legal system tied up in knots. It would be a good model for terrorists to follow, because we’ll generally fall for it, and there are more years and more dollars wasted every time it happens.
Written By: Jeff Medcalf
Yeah, Mark, I think he misread you.
Yeah, I think I did too (sorry ’bout that) ... after reading it again.

Ah well, I guess I’ll have to give up that speed reading course.
Written By: McQ
He planned on making a circus out of his internment whether he lives or dies. The difference is that he’ll be able to do it for 30+ years instead of 10.
And, this was his first attempt. It won’t be long before someone helps him pick better battles.

Tookie was choosen to be heavily defended against the Death Penalty, because such a cold blooded killer potentially getting spared the death penalty was a huge headline/controversy generator. There are fewer, but there are still people who believe a Supermax violates a prisoner’s rights. I’m sure they’ll see a similar opportunity for headlines and use Moussoaui to generate attention.

He should have had a trial and if found guilty, dead within 6 mo. of being apprehended. A military trial (or whatever its called) would have been a step in the right direction.

Regardless, just the fact the verdict is almost 5 years in the making is an indicitment of our ridiculous court system. It scares me how many people want this kind of ordeal for prisoners at GITMO and POWs in general. It would make military action (or at least taking prisoners) such a burden, we couldn’t even wage a war to defend ourselves. But, perhaps that’s the point.

In this case, Life is not a victory. The Death Penalty adminstered 10-15 years down the road is slight improvement but still not a victory. The people we’re dealing with would have executed Moussoaui within weeks to a few months of capture at most. We’ve come off looking like a joke already no matter what happened.

As for Moussaoui, he’s probably gonna wait for a hostage exchange offer. Whereas if he was dead within a year of his apprehension, that wouldn’t have been a problem.
Written By: jpm100
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I agree totally that Moussaoui is a bloated, sinister punk with illusions of grandeur, who tried to make himself look important by insulting the memory of the victims of 9/11 and disregarding any advice that would have helped him out.
However, one thing he could be forgiven for, is his failed notion that fair trials do not exist in America. His comrades in Guantanamo have seen very little of famous and admirable American justice system.
Written By: Francis
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The people we’re dealing with would have executed Moussoaui within weeks to a few months of capture at most.
Do you really want to base our actions on the possible actions of the extremists we are fighting? I do not.
Written By: meagain
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Francis wrote:

"His comrades in Guantanamo have seen very little of famous and admirable American justice system."

Nor should they, since they were taken on foreign fields for opposing military forces of the United States.

Since when do prisoners of war, especially ones who do not qualify as lawful combatants, have trials in courts with no jurisdiction?

Yours, TDP, ml, msl, & pfpp
Written By: Tom Perkins
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Yeah, I think I did too (sorry ’bout that) ... after reading it again.

Ah well, I guess I’ll have to give up that speed reading course.
And I need to take a speed writing course, since I wasn’t very clear the first time. :-)
Written By: Mark A. Flacy
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I think the truth is this low born pile of camel dung wanted to be a martyr. Now that is not an option and he if facing the rest of his natural life (no martyrdom there)locked up with a bunch of p*ssed off American convicts who will love to introduce him to the joys of forcable sodomy day after day after day......well you get the point. Reality sucks. No wonder he wants "overs".
Written By: McQ2

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