04/07/06 — Wheels of justice: Might Moussaoui die of old age?

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Wheels of justice: Might Moussaoui die of old age?

After weeks of testimony, a federal jury has decided whether Zacarias Moussaoui is “eligible” for the death penalty. It said “yes.”

He is charged with conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism with weapons of mass destruction and other crimes. He claims he planned to hijack a commercial airliner and crash it into the White House.

A 37-year-old Frenchman of Moroccan descent, Moussaoui blatantly — and boastfully — admits his guilt. He has been contemptuous during the court procedures. Some of his outbursts have been contradictory. He has said he wants to be executed and die a martyr. At another time, he shouted: “You’ll never get my blood! God curse you all!”

Moussaoui could be correct. Let’s summarize: He is on trial for crimes he readily admits. First the court had to conduct a trial to determine whether he is “eligible” for an execution he welcomes. Now another trial must be held to determine if he should, indeed, be put to death.

If all goes true to form, there then will be years of appeals.

Although he’s only 37, it could be that Moussaoui might die in prison of old age.

Disposition of this case should be expedited so punishment might provide an example for would-be terrorists.

Since he wants to be a martyr, perhaps Moussaoui should be asked if he wants to have his head sawed off on camera, slowly.

Published in Editorials on April 7, 2006 10:19 AM