Saturday, April 23, 2005

Moussaoui to fight death penalty

Keeping on the subject of the death penalty we come across this:

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - With the first U.S. conviction from a Sept. 11 case in hand, federal prosecutors face a new battle over whether Zacarias Moussaoui should receive the death penalty for plotting with al-Qaida against Americans.

Although he pleaded guilty as expected Friday, Moussaoui told U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema, "I will fight every inch against the death penalty." Just last week, he had told her he would plead for execution.

That was among several surprises as the defendant voluntarily admitted his guilt on six counts of conspiring with al-Qaida leaders and the Sept. 11 hijackers to wreak havoc on Americans. Four counts carry a possible death penalty.

Moussaoui also declared for the first time in public that Osama bin Laden personally instructed him to fly an airliner into the White House. The target date was not clear.

Just curious, why doesn't Moussaoui want to die? Wouldn't he still get his virgins?

On the serious side. This man conspired to kill thousands of people. He had the go ahead, by his own admission, to crash a plane into the White House. So, if I have any liberal readers, why should this guy be allowed to live?