Moussaoui sentencing trial resumes after delay

Moussaoui sentencing trial resumes after delay

[JURIST] The sentencing trial of Zacarias Moussaoui [JURIST news archive] will resume on Monday after being stayed [JURIST report] last week to allow for investigation of misconduct by Transportation Security Administration [official website] lawyer Carla Martin. Defense attorneys are set to cross-examine FBI Agent Harry Samit, who has testified that Moussaoui's lies after his August 2001 arrest prevented the government from taking steps that might have prevented the September 11 terrorist attacks [JURIST news archive].

On Friday, US District Judge Leonie Brinkema issued an order [PDF text] to strike old evidence [JURIST report] regarding the aviation portion of the case that had been tainted by Martin's misconduct, but agreed to allow the government to provide new untainted evidence. Moussaoui pleaded guilty last April to six conspiracy charges, and the current trial will determine whether he receives the death penalty or life in prison. AP has more.