March 9, 2006

DEAR JOHN...:

Moussaoui turn at defense backfires (Michael J. Sniffen, 3/09/06, Associated Press)

A bizarre legal misstep by confessed al-Qaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui came back to haunt him Wednesday as he helped confirm for jurors at his sentencing trial that he had said Osama bin Laden ordered him to fly a plane into the White House.

Moussaoui's action emerged on a poor quality videotape shown in federal court, but it produced a gust of laughter from the packed audience, which is normally dead silent under fear of expulsion. [...]

Although he had elicited descriptions that fit known events in Moussaoui's life, Karas rested his direct questioning without having Bafana identify John as Moussaoui. But that government omission was remedied once Moussaoui cross-examined Bafana.

Moussaoui asked Bafana what John looked like.

"He looks exactly like you," Bafana replied.

Moussaoui: "Looks like me or are you certain it's me?"

Bafana: "Certain."

Scrambling to recover, Moussaoui dug himself deeper.

"Maybe somebody looks exactly like me," Moussaoui offered.

"I confirm that it's you," Bafana replied.

Bafana also testified that Moussaoui rejected a flight training school in Malaysia as "too expensive" and asked the group for $10,000 to bankroll his flight training in the United States.

But Jemaah Islamiyah's leader told Bafana to give him only $1,200 and send him back where he came from. The leader thought Moussaoui was cuckoo, Bafana said.


You don't hear the Left defending him the way they used to.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 9, 2006 9:26 AM
Comments

I guess Jemaah Islamiyah's leader was right about him.

Posted by: Brandon at March 9, 2006 10:53 AM

Put Zack in Gitmo and the left would ride to his defense once more.

Posted by: John at March 9, 2006 11:12 AM

This guy is a walking Sub Crim Law exam.

Conspiracy, overt acts, scope, attempts, impossibility, abandonment of criminal purpose--what a great case! Can't wait for the book about the trial.


Posted by: Lou Gots at March 9, 2006 3:42 PM
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