Monday, March 13, 2006

Son of a bi***...

This story just makes my head hurt…

Here you have a defendant who is accused of planning and assisting in the 9-11 attacks (the only one to ever be held, btw)

You have international media criticizing every move you make.

You argued that this person must receive the death penalty for intentionally misleading the government so the attacks could go forward.

You're the government seeking atonement for the deaths of thousands of its citizens.

You have a defendant who, at best, would be called unsympathetic

You have an emotional jury case.

And now… it’s possible you just blew it.

The federal judge presiding over the case of "20th highjacker" Zaccarias Moussaoui is deliberating right now whether to take the death penalty off the table. Prosecutorial misconduct today possibly pulled the death penalty off the table--and jeopardized the entire case:

Federal judge Leonie Brinkema abruptly adjourned the sentencing trial of al Qaeda conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui today and is now considering whether to do one of two things; declare a mistrial or drop the death penalty as an option.

The government is doing their usual bang-up job with this one. Rather than stick to the rules, they decided to nosh the rules and do things the way they want to do them… and now, because of that, the judge in the case may throw the case out… brilliant… absolutely 'effin brilliant.

Can we get someone… anyone… with at least half a brain to run this government? The mental and intelligent lapses by this administration and it’s departments are screwing us all with our pants on while at the same time making our country look like a bunch of morons…

Stay tuned…

2 comments:

thepoetryman said...

Using that same scenario...imagine it is the international court for war crimes and Bush is the defendant(killing and wounding many more than the other)...where will it lead?

FIVE THOUSAND MILLIGRAMS

Anonymous said...

The US was forced to blow the case. International opposition to the death penalty, the prospect of turning Moussaoui into a martyr, and the increasingly real prospect of Bush et. al. being forced to face the ICC are each reason enough to back down one step, especially now that 'everything else' is going haywire. I like the ICC idea, but death penalties and martyrs? -- not so much.