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.