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Moussaoui Lawyer Wants al-Qaida Witnesses

Terrorism defendant Zacarias Moussaoui needs access to three al-Qaida prisoners to prove he was not part of the Sept. 11 conspiracy and to spare his life, his lawyers said Friday. With the government seeking the death penalty, the three witnesses could demonstrate that Moussaoui was, at most, a bit player in the conspiracy, the defense team told an appellate court in a written filing. One terrorist operative said Moussaoui was “cuckoo,” the lawyers contended. The government declared the three prisoners off-limits, but the defense asserted Moussaoui’s access to them was crucial. “On this testimony, it may safely be posited, may ride his life,” the lawyers said. Full Story

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