posted on Mar, 15 2006 @ 07:50 AM
"I don't think in the annals of criminal law there has ever been a case with this many significant problems..." That's what Judge Leonie Brinkema
stated yesterday after getting fed up with the troubled sentencing trial of Zacarias Moussaoui. After finding witness tampering and coaching,
violations of court orders, and false statements made to the court - and that's by the Government's prosecuting attornies, by the way - Judge
Brinkema killed half their case against Moussaoui.
The sentencing trial is being conducted to determine if Zacarias Moussaoui will be executed, or spend the rest of his life in prison for his role as
an al-Qaida conspirator in the events of 9/11.
Half of the government's case in this trial, where they intended to show that government agencies could have performed certain actions that could
have prevented 9/11 if Moussaoui had not lied after being arrested a month before the attack, will now be eliminated from the hearing due to the
shenanigans of the prosecuting attornies, which include:
*telling witnesses they were not to talk to defense attornies
*lying to the court that two witnesses refused to speak to defense attornies (when, in fact, it appears the prosecuting attornies didn't pass the
defense's subpoenas to the witnesses in the first place.)
*communicating court proceedings to witnesses (in violation of specific orders by Judge Brinkema who ordered that all witnesses be isolated from
coverage of the court proceedings. This order was not communicated by the prosecuting attornies to the witnesses, but instead, the government
attornies actually emailed details of the proceedings on to the witnesses.)
Apparently the most egregious offender on the prosecuting team is one lawyer, Carla J. Martin, who emailed at least seven witnesses with details of
the hearing. Judge Brinkema went so far as to say, "I wouldn’t trust anything Martin had anything to do with at this point."
The defense team moved to strike the possibility of execution due to the misconduct of the prosecuting attornies, but the judge did not agree with the