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Moussaoui Is Spinning A Legal Web

Zacarias Moussaoui stood before a stunned federal courtroom in Alexandria in April last year, prayed for the destruction of the United States and fired his court-appointed attorneys. Several months later and half a world away, authorities burst into an apartment in Pakistan and arrested Ramzi Binalshibh, the self-described coordinator of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Those two events have sent the case of Zacarias Moussaoui — the only person charged in the United States in connection with the Sept. 11 attacks — on a strange and tortured path that virtually no one could have anticipated when Moussaoui was indicted with great fanfare 17 months ago, legal experts said. Although many figured his case would be over by now, it instead is about to be argued before a federal appeals court in Richmond before it even gets to trial. “This case has become, in a lot of ways, simply unmanageable,” said Eric H. Holder Jr., a top official in the Justice Department during the Clinton administration. Full Story

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