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Judge Rules Out a Death Penalty for 9/11 Suspect

A federal judge ruled on Thursday that the government cannot seek the death penalty against Zacarias Moussaoui and barred prosecutors from attempting to link him to the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, because of their refusal to permit Mr. Moussaoui to interview captured terrorists whose testimony might aid in his defense. The ruling by Judge Leonie M. Brinkema was a sharp rebuke to the Justice Department, which had previously attempted to portray Mr. Moussaoui as a central figure in the Sept. 11 conspiracy whose actions could have prevented the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Mr. Moussaoui had been the only person facing trial in an American court for conspiring in the Sept. 11 attacks. But in throwing out much of the case brought against him, Judge Brinkema described Mr. Moussaoui as a “remote or minor participant” in Al Qaeda’s plans for terrorism directed at the United States. Full Story

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