Moussaoui sentencing jury taking weekend off from death penalty deliberations

[JURIST] The jury in the Zacarias Moussaoui [JURIST news archive] sentencing trial is taking the weekend off after adjourning Friday, having not yet reached a verdict on whether the alleged al Qaeda terrorist should receive the death penalty [JURIST report]. The jury will resume its discussions Monday. Moussaoui pleaded guilty [JURIST report] to six conspiracy charges [indictment] last year.

In related news, lawyers representing family members in a Sept. 11 civil negligence suit against airlines, airport authorities, and security companies filed court papers [memorandum in support of motion, PDF] Friday requesting access to trial documents and exhibits from the Moussaoui case. Lawyers say the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) [official website], and specifically TSA lawyer Carla Martin [Wikipedia profile], have failed to provide access to the materials, which they claim are relevant to their claims. A hearing will be held next week to consider the lawyers' request. The Richmond Times-Dispatch has more.

 

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