Moussaoui expected to plead guilty to 9/11 role Chris Buell at 9:27 AM ET
[JURIST] Zacarias Moussaoui [JURIST news archive] has notified the government that he will plead guilty to his alleged role in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks if a judge finds him mentally competent, the Washington Postreported Tuesday [Post report, registration required]. Moussaoui, a French citizen and the only person charged in the US in connection with the Sept. 11 attacks, indicated his intent to plead guilty over his attorney's objections, but his mental competence remains a question. He tried to plead guilty to the same charges in 2002, but rescinded the plea a week later. He is expected to meet with US District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema later this week to determine his mental condition. The plea suggestion comes as the long-delayed trial against Moussaoui appeared to be moving forward [JURIST report]. The US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia has more on the case against Moussaoui [docket]. AP has more.
Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible, ad-free format.