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Moussaoui to testify in death penalty sentencing hearings on 9/11 charges

[JURIST] New court documents have been released outlining potential arguments to be made during the penalty phase of proceedings against 9/11 suspect Zacarias Moussaoui [JURIST news archive]. According to the transcript of an October hearing recently unsealed, prosecutors will argue Moussaoui deserves the death penalty because he "lied to federal agents to allow his al Qaeda 'brothers' to go forward with the operation to fly planes into American buildings." Defense attorneys plan to show that Moussaoui knew very little about the September 11th plot and will attack the government, including the Clinton and Bush Administrations, for failing to respond to threat warnings. Moussaoui, who pleaded guilty [JURIST report] to six conspiracy charges [indictment] in April, intends to testify on his own behalf and has vowed to fight against the death penalty. Jury selection for the penalty phase is scheduled to begin on January 9 [JURIST report]. Monday's Washington Post has more. The US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia maintains a list of case materials.

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