Moussaoui could receive death sentence following plea

[JURIST] Zacarias Moussaoui [JURIST news archive], the only person charged by the US in connection with the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, could receive the death penalty after he requested nothing in return for agreeing to plead guilty, federal officials have said. Moussaoui has indicated he will plead guilty [JURIST report] to a six-count indictment with no stipulation as to what his sentence will be as a result. US District Court Judge Leonie Brinkema met with Moussaoui Wednesday to determine his mental capacity to plead guilty and concluded he is fit [JURIST report] to enter a plea. A Friday hearing is scheduled, when Moussaoui's plea will likely be entered. Four of the six charges against Moussaoui carry a maximum sentence of death. The lack of any bargain is the latest in a strange series of events surrounding Moussaoui's case. He originally offered to plead guilty in 2002, but subsequently withdrew the plea a week later. His mental competence has since been subject to question. AP has more.

 

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