Moussaoui sentencing defense continues with testimony from social worker Chris Buell at 4:01 PM ET
[JURIST] A social worker testified Monday that convicted Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] led a troubled childhood and adolescence that ultimately led him to radical Islamic beliefs, although Moussaoui spurned the testimony as he was led from the courtroom for a lunch recess. Jan Vogelsang testified that Moussaoui was shuffled among French orphanages during his earliest years, and that his family struggled through both abuse and mental illness. Moussaoui began to drift toward radical Islam while studying business in the UK in the early 1990s, according to Vogelsang. Vogelsang did not interview Moussaoui personally, but based her testimony on interviews with family members, friends and others who knew Moussaoui.
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