Moussaoui Gets Life for Role in Sept. 11.

Johnny Utah

Moussaoui Gets Life for Role in Sept. 11.
May 3, 2006
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Al-Qaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui escaped the death penalty Wednesday as a jury decided he deserved life in prison instead for his role in the bloodiest terrorist attack in U.S. history. "America, you lost," Moussaoui taunted.

After seven days of deliberation, the nine men and three women rebuffed the government's appeal for death for the only person charged in this country in the four suicide jetliner hijackings that killed nearly 3,000 people on Sept. 11, 2001.

Three jurors said Moussaoui had only limited knowledge of the Sept. 11 plot, and three described his role in the attacks as minor, if he had any role at all.

Moussaoui, as he was led from the courtroom after the 15-minute hearing, said: "America, you lost. ... I won." He clapped his hands as he was escorted away.

Some victims' families said he got what he deserved.

Carie Lemack, whose mother, Judy Larocque, died on hijacked American Airlines Flight 11, which crashed into the World Trade Center, said her mom didn't believe in the death penalty and would have been glad Moussaoui was sentenced to life. "This man was an al-Qaida wannabe who could never put together the 9/11 attacks," Lemack said. "He's a wannabe who deserves to rot in jail."

Rosemary Dillard, whose husband Eddie died in the attacks, said of Moussaoui: "He's a bad man, but we have a fair society." She said of terrorists: "We will treat them with respect no matter what they do to us."

From the White House, President Bush said the verdict "represents the end of this case but not an end to the fight against terror."

The verdict came after four years of legal maneuvering and a six-week trial that put jurors on an emotional roller coaster and gave the 37-year-old Frenchman of Moroccan descent a platform to needle Americans and mock the pain of the victims' families.

Judge Leonie Brinkema was to hand down the life sentence Thursday morning, bound by the jury's verdict. Offering assurance to the losing side, she told prosecutors: "The government always wins when justice is done." Moussaoui smiled at that. (external - login to view)

Moussaoui not receiving the Death Penalty of course makes Liberals and Hollywood's Liberal Elites happy who are against the Death Penalty. Moussaoui's "America, you lost" comment can be taken many ways. Did America lose with this verdict or did he lose not being able to become a martyr? Instead he will be in a cell for the rest of his life. Hopefully they throw him in general population so justice can be served since he did not receive the Death Penalty which he should have because he was a player in 9/11 not an Al Qaeda wannabe..
I hope he isn't placed in the "General Population" wing of prison. He's the kind of nut case that will garner a huge following.
Canadian with a hyphen
I think America wins here... Moussawi didn't get the death penalty .His wishes to die as a martyr will never come true ...He's going to be where he deserves to be ...
This guy told jurors "he is willing to kill americans ..." if he gets a chance.
Also, he called Timothy Macveigh the " greatest american".

EVILLLLLL !!!!!!!!
The death penalty would've been too easy on him. Let him spend 98% of the next 40 years locked in a 10 x 10 pigeon coop.
Why would he get the death penalty for wanting to do something bad? He didn't do something bad, he wanted to.

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