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Federal Jury Votes to Spare Moussaoui’s Life

5:50 am on Thursday, May 4, 2006

NPR

A federal jury in Alexandria, Va., sentences Zacarias Moussaoui to spend the rest of his life in prison on charges that he was a conspirator in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The verdict was rendered on the seventh day of deliberations.Moussaoui, who confessed to being part of a scheme devised by al-Qaida, is the only person charged in the United States in connection to the attacks. He was in jail on Sept. 11, 2001, but the jury found that if he had cooperated with law enforcement, the terrorist attacks could have been prevented.

I am not categorically against the death penalty, but neither am I particularly bloodthirsty so I am ok with this verdict. Moussaoui is a bad guy, and we need to make sure he doesn’t hurt anyone but we don’t necessarily need to kill him. Keeping him in jail for the rest of his life might well be a harsher punishment anyway.

Update: Gib has similar thoughts, plus a tie-in to immigration.

4 Comments

Comment by Pamela

May 4, 2006 @ 10:20 am

I have this feeling that Moussaoui isn’t going to last too long in prison as it is. Well, he wouldn’t if it was a state run prison. Those guys would end his life pretty quickly. A federal prison will just allow him to kick back and relax…at our expense.

That’s where I have the problem. I don’t want my tax dollars going to support that man in any form.

Comment by probligo

May 4, 2006 @ 12:35 pm

Pamela,

You may be right, and it is sad ’tis so.

I can think of no better punishment for Moussaoui than spending his life in solitary confinement, limited in his contact to only his warders.

Imprisonment was the right decision, no question in my mind about that. That statement has nothing at all to do with my opinion of the death penalty.

Even if he had been captured at the controls of an aircraft on its way to the White House, I would have spoken against the death penalty…

Deprive him of the status in both life and death that he believed was his due as a martyr.

Let him live – let ANY terrorist live – in imprisonment after due process of law. Remind him every day and every night that he FAILED. He failed his beliefs, he failed his Prophet, he failed his God… as long as he is alive he failed.

Comment by Cardinal Martini

May 4, 2006 @ 11:33 pm

I’m not blood-thirsty — I like my meat well-done — but I think he should’ve been sentenced to death. (Just putting in my two cents.)

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