Monday, March 13, 2006

Moussaoui trial hearing suspended

Was this trial not a shoe-in anyway? What the heck was the prosecution doing coordinating witness testimony? Did they think there was a snowball's chance this guy wasn't going to get the death penalty? This is the U.S., whose government is the guardian of world security, remember?

Leonie Brinkema, the judge at Moussaoui's sentencing trial, angrily suspended the hearing after it was found that seven government witnesses from the Federal Aviation Administration had been shown transcripts of the opening statements and other testimony before they testified, a blatant violation of a court order aimed at stopping witnesses coordinating testimony.

"In all the years I've been on the bench, I have never seen such an egregious violation of a rule on witnesses," Judge Brinkema said, noting it was the second significant error by the prosecution. On Thursday, prosecutors asked an FBI witness a question that had already been ruled out of order.

Does this mean perhaps Moussaoui's trial might end up being more than just a predictable exercise?

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