ZACARIAS MOUSSAOUI
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Zacarias Moussaoui has often been referred to as "the 20th hijacker" who was prevented from taking part in the 9/11 attacks only because he was already under arrest. A French citizen of Moroccan descent, the 37-year-old has spent almost five years in custody and is the only person charged in the US over the attacks... [ BBC ]


Fourth Circuit upheld life sentence for 9/11 conspirator Moussaoui
January 4, 2012
On January 4, 2010, the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued a ruling upholding 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui's life sentence. Moussaoui's attorneys appealed his conviction after he pleaded guilty to six conspiracy charges in April 2005. His defense team claimed that Moussaoui's r....... [more]

Moussaoui sentenced to life in prison
May 3, 2011
On May 3, 2006, 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui sentenced the admitted terrorist to life in prison without the possibility of release. The jury's recommendation was accepted by Judge Leonie Brinkema, despite the fact that Moussaoui had been ruled eligible for the death sentence during the first....... [more]

Fourth Circuit upholds life sentence for 9/11 conspirator Moussaoui
January 4, 2010
The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Monday upheld the conviction and life sentence of 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui. Moussaoui's lawyers had requested that his guilty plea and be withdrawn and a new trial be granted, arguing that his plea was involuntary due to Fifth and Six....... [more]

Fourth Circuit to rehear oral arguments in Moussaoui appeal
July 15, 2009
The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Tuesday ordered new arguments in the case of convicted terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui. The court is rehearing the case due to the retirement of Chief Judge Karen Williams, who heard oral arguments in January. Williams announced last week that she was....... [more]

Illinois abortion notification law [7th Circuit]
July 14, 2009
Zbaraz, et al. v. Madigan, et al., US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, July 14, 2009. Reported in JURIST's Paper Chase here. Latest commentary available here. JURIST has more on abortion law....... [more]

Moussaoui new arguments order [4th Circuit]
July 14, 2009
USA v. Moussaoui, US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, July 14, 2009. Reported in JURIST's Paper Chase here. Latest commentary available here. JURIST has more on Zacarias Moussaoui....... [more]

Fourth Circuit hears arguments in Moussaoui appeal
January 27, 2009
The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Monday heard oral arguments by lawyers for Zacarias Moussaoui, requesting Moussaoui's guilty plea and life sentence be withdrawn and a new trial be granted. The lawyers argued that Moussaoui's Fifth and Sixth Amendment rights were violated....... [more]

Padilla sent to Colorado 'supermax' prison to serve out terrorism conspiracy sentence
April 19, 2008
US prison officials said Friday that convicted terrorism conspirator Jose Padilla will serve his approximately 17-year term at a supermax federal prison in Colorado. The maximum-security facility located in Florence also holds Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski, Oklahoma City bombi....... [more]

Moussaoui lawyers say secrecy rules prevented adequate defense
February 27, 2008
Zacarias Moussaoui had his rights violated when a federal judge mandated secrecy rules that prevented his lawyers from showing him classified evidence, according to a brief asking for Moussaoui's guilty plea to be overturned. In the brief, filed in January but recently unsealed, lawyers for Mous....... [more]

Moussaoui constitutional rights violated in terror prosecution: lawyers
February 16, 2008
Lawyers for Zacarias Moussaoui said their client's guilty plea and life prison sentence should be overturned because his constitutional rights were violated, according to court papers released Friday. The 207-page brief filed in the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit asks that Moussaoui....... [more]

Moussaoui prosecutor may have known about CIA interrogation tapes during trial
February 7, 2008
The federal judge presiding over the trial of 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui was seeking information about the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah around the time the CIA destroyed videotapes of the interrogations of terror suspects, including Zubaydah, according to court documents released in the Mo....... [more]




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