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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Moussaoui Is a "Sweetheart"

Moussaoui's Childhood Is Presented as Mitigating Factor -NY Times


    Lawyers trying to persuade a jury to spare the life of Zacarias Moussaoui began presenting testimony about his childhood on Monday, to show that he grew up in a neglectful household in France where his father beat his mother regularly and that he spent much of his youth in orphanages.
    Witnesses also said Mr. Moussaoui was unprepared to deal with the racist anti-Islamic taunts of schoolmates and the hostility of the parents of a French girlfriend.

Associated Press adds:

    A defense psychologist testified Monday that Zacarias Moussaoui is a paranoid schizophrenic with delusions, as defense lawyers presented additional evidence the confessed Sept. 11 conspirator believes he will be freed from prison by President Bush.

    Psychologist Xavier Amador testified Moussaoui displays symptoms of the brain disorder, including delusions and disorganized thoughts and speech.
Quite frankly, I think Moussaoui has the best response:

    "Jurors took copious notes during Vogelsang's testimony. But Moussaoui later said, 'It's a lot of American B.S.'"
He's the sanest one in the courtroom.


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