Monday, February 06, 2006

This guy needs to accidentally fall down the steps in one of the courthouse stairwells, several times
Moussaoui Removed From Court for Outburst

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- Proclaiming "I am al-Qaida," Zacarias Moussaoui was removed from a federal courtroom in Alexandria on Monday at the outset of jury selection in his terrorist conspiracy trial. The judge told prospective jurors that those who are chosen will decide whether he lives or dies.

The acknowledged al-Qaida conspirator, often a volatile figure in the courtroom, got into an argument with U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema in the first minute of the proceedings, demanding "I want to be heard," and "this trial is a circus." He said of his lawyers, "These people do not represent me."

He left with his hands on his head, offering no resistance. Less than an hour later, he was brought back when a fresh pool of prospective jurors had been ushered into the courtroom. He stood up at the defense table and said again, of his attorneys, "I do not want them to represent me."

Again, Brinkema had him removed…

Moussaoui is the only person charged in this country in the Sept. 11 attacks. He pleaded guilty to six conspiracy counts, admitting he came to the U.S. to join al-Qaida attacks on buildings but denying specific knowledge of the Sept. 11 plot…


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