Skip to comments.Accused September 11 plotter Zacarias Moussaoui withdraws guilty pleas.
Posted on 07/25/2002 11:44:15 AM PDT by jern
Accused September 11 plotter Zacarias Moussaoui withdraws guilty pleas.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Reuters) - Zacarias Moussaoui on Thursday withdrew his guilty pleas to charges of conspiracy in connection with the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States.
One week after District Judge Leonie Brinkema refused to accept his guilty plea, Moussaoui appeared in court to first say was going to plead guilty, but then after a brief recess changed his mind.
"Because of my obligation to my creator, Allah, and to save and defend my life I withdraw my guilty plea," he told a packed courtroom in still another stunning change of events.
The judge accepted his decision and said the government cannot use his earlier plea against him.
Last week Moussaoui, 34, pleaded guilty and stunned a court by saying he was a member of al Qaeda, had knowledge of the Sept. 11 attacks and had pledged his allegiance to Osama bin Laden.
The United States blames bin Laden and al Qaeda for the hijacked plane attacks that killed 3,000 people. U.S. officials believe Moussaoui, a French citizen of Moroccan descent who was detained on immigration charges on Sept. 11, was meant to be the 20th hijacker.
I wonder why he refuses to plead guilty to conspiracy to murder federal officials. Was he not aware that the Pentagon and other buildings in Washington were targets?
Yup, I knew this was going to happen. He was going to enter the guilty plea, but as soon as the judge got into Zac admitting to the specifics of the counts in the complaint, he was going to say, "no way, Jose."
Just more games in Moussoui's case.
U.S. District Court Judge, Eastern District of Virginia, at Alexandria. Albert V. Bryan Courthouse, 401 Courthouse Square, Alexandria, Virginia, 22314-5798. 703-299-2116.
Judge Brinkema recently presided in two Internet related cases which received wide publicity, Urofsky v. Allen and Mainstream Loudoun v. Loudoun County Library.
In the Loudoun case website operators and authors whose web pages may have been blocked asked the federal court to prevent the county public library from using Internet blocking software on public access computers in the library. All plaintiffs alleged that use of the software violated their First Amendment right to freedom of speech. Judge Brinkema agreed, and found the library's policy unconstitutional. The library decided not to appeal.
The Congress is very likely to pass a bill requiring schools and libraries receiving e-rate subsidies to use filtering software. In the inevitable legal challenge, the ACLU will rely heavily on Judge Brinkema's November 23, 1998 Opinion in the Loudoun case.
In the Urofsky case several Virginia state employees challenged the constitutionality of a state statute barring state employees from using their computers at work to view porn. Judge Brinkema agreed, and held the statute unconstitutional. Virginia appealed, and Judge Brinkema was reversed by a unanimous Opinion of a three judge Court of Appeals panel.
U.S. District Court Judge.
What weapon of mass destruction did he conspire to use?
Are you sure you not meaning to say "use a vehicle of mass transportation as a weapon" or how ever it was worded?
Oh, and including airplanes in the definition of a means of mass transit was thrown out by a court. Seems congress has a dictionary all its own to define words, and an airplane doesnt count as a method of transportation as the definition in congresses dictionary for the purpose of writting and iterrupting laws limits methods of transportation to things that operate on THE GROUND!
They did a poor job of writing the law, which is always the case when they rush.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.