Moussaoui defense seeks to question jurors on Islam, FBI investigations

[JURIST] Defense lawyers for Zacarias Moussaoui [JURIST news archive] are seeking to ask jurors in the upcoming sentencing trial for their opinions on Islam, the FBI's performance in several high-profile investigations and for their personal reactions to the September 11 attacks [JURIST news archive], according to proposed jury questions submitted to the court Wednesday. Earlier this year, Moussaoui pleaded guilty [JURIST report] to conspiracy charges [indictment] in connection with the September 11 attacks, and a jury will now decide whether he should receive the death penalty. The 306-item defense questionnaire [PDF text] is much more extensive than the proposed questionnaire submitted by the prosecution [PDF text; JURIST report], which contains 89 questions focused on potential jurors' religious beliefs and views on the death penalty. US District Judge Leonie Brinkema will determine which questions may be asked when 500 potential jurors are summoned for jury duty on February 6 [JURIST report]. AP has more.



 

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