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2006-05-13 09:47:40

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Convicted September 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui has been transferred to the maximum security prison in Colorado where he will begin serving his life sentence, U.S. officials said on Saturday. Moussaoui was removed from an Alexandria, Virginia, detention center on Friday night and flown to Florence, Colorado, accompanied by U.S. Marshals, the Justice Department said in a statement. Moussaoui, 37, was sentenced last week to life in prison for conspiracy in...

2006-05-12 00:16:40

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Zacarias Moussaoui was saved from a death sentence by a single juror who never explained his vote to other members of the jury that sent the September 11 conspirator to prison for life, The Washington Post reported on Friday. The foreman of the 12-person federal jury told the newspaper that the panel voted 11-1, 10-2 and 10-2 in favor of the death penalty on the three charges for which Moussaoui was eligible for execution. A unanimous vote on any one of the...

2006-05-12 00:13:28

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Zacarias Moussaoui was saved from a death sentence by a single juror who never explained his vote to other members of the jury that sent the September 11 conspirator to prison for life, The Washington Post reported on Friday. The foreman of the 12-person federal jury told the newspaper that the panel voted 11-1, 10-2 and 10-2 in favor of the death penalty on the three charges for which Moussaoui was eligible for execution. A unanimous vote on any one of the...

2006-05-04 05:40:58

VIENNA (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said on Thursday that he respected the decision of a U.S. jury to sentence Zacarias Moussaoui to life in prison and not to death as the government had demanded. Moussaoui, the only person convicted in a U.S. court in connection with the September 11, 2001 attacks, should spend his life in prison instead of being executed for his role in the hijacked airliner assaults, the jury decided on Wednesday. "We certainly respect that...

2006-05-03 20:09:42

By Caroline Drees, Security Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Prosecutors' failure to get the death sentence for September 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui on Wednesday was not a setback in the wider war on terrorism because the case was just a sideshow, analysts said. Several former officials said putting to death the only man convicted for a role in the 2001 attacks would not have boosted the fight against terrorism since he was only a tangential player in the plot....

2006-04-25 15:40:30

By Deborah Charles ALEXANDRIA, Virginia (Reuters) - Jurors weighing the death penalty for Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person convicted in the United States in connection with the September 11 attacks, adjourned for the day on Tuesday without reaching a verdict. The jury of nine men and three women had only one public question during their first full day of deliberations -- whether they could have a dictionary in the jury room. U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema refused their...

2006-04-24 17:02:07

By Deborah Charles ALEXANDRIA, Virginia (Reuters) - A U.S. jury began deliberating Zacarias Moussaoui's fate on Monday after prosecutors requested the death penalty for the September 11 conspirator and the defense implored jurors to send him to prison for life so he would not become a martyr. The jury did not reach a verdict after three hours of deliberations and were to return on Tuesday. The only U.S. case related to the deadly hijacked airliner attacks went to the jury after...

2006-04-24 12:18:13

By Deborah Charles ALEXANDRIA, Virginia (Reuters) - Federal prosecutors told the Zacarias Moussaoui jury on Monday it was time to sentence the September 11 conspirator to death while defense lawyers urged jurors not to make him a martyr. "Let me be blunt, ladies and gentlemen," said assistant U.S. attorney David Raskin. "There is no place on this good Earth for Zacarias Moussaoui." In closing arguments to the jury, Raskin asked them to return a death sentence for Moussaoui, who said...

2006-04-24 10:02:26

By Deborah Charles ALEXANDRIA, Virginia (Reuters) - A U.S. attorney told the jury considering the fate of Zacarias Moussaoui on Monday that after weeks of heart-wrenching testimony it was time to sentence the September 11 conspirator to death. "Let me be blunt, ladies and gentlemen," said prosecutor David Raskin. "There is no place on this good Earth for Zacarias Moussaoui." Raskin presented his closing arguments for the jury to return a death sentence. He was followed by defense...

2006-04-20 18:06:27

By Deborah Charles ALEXANDRIA, Virginia (Reuters) - "Shoebomber" Richard Reid had no advanced knowledge of the September 11 attacks, a jury was told on Thursday, casting doubt on claims by Zacarias Moussaoui that Reid was to have joined him in the assault. Defense lawyers rested their case at Moussaoui's sentencing trial after reading a statement indicating Reid was not involved in the hijacking plans. Last month Moussaoui, who faces execution as the only person charged in the...


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