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Jury selection begins in Moussaoui 9/11 sentencing trial

[JURIST] Jury selection begins Monday in Virginia for the sentencing trial [court information for the public; case docket] of Zacarias Moussaoui [JURIST news archive] to determine if the al-Qaida follower should be given life in prison or a death sentence for his role in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks [JURIST news archive] on the US. Moussaoui, a French Muslim of Moroccan extraction, pleaded guilty [JURIST report] to six charges of conspiracy [indictment, text] in 2005; he admits knowing that al-Qaida had plans to fly planes into US buildings and that he traveled to the US to participate, but claims he never knew specifically of the Sept. 11 plan because his involvement was in another plot to fly into the White House. The jury selection process will begin with 500 potential jurors answering a questionnaire including inquiries about whether the individuals belong to the National Rifle Association [official website] or veterans groups, what bumper stickers they have on their cars, and what their favorite television shows are. Opening statements are scheduled to begin before US District Judge Leonie Brinkema in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website] on March 6 after 12 jurors and six alternates are chosen. AP has more.

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