Moussaoui Sentenced to Life

by Steve on May 4, 2006

NYT reports this morning that the federal jury in the Moussaoui case rejected the death penalty citing, among other things, his troubled childhood (this defense angers me every time I see it). At first I was enraged when I read that he would live but I pressed on and finished reading. There is no indication in the article that the jury spared him for any other reason than he was a product of abuse etc, etc. Now we will have to support him for “the rest of his life in solitary confinement in a federal prison in Colorado with no possibility of release.” Hmmm. Death would have made him a martyr in certain circles and, in his twisted mind, sent him on his way to paradise. I don’t think the jurors considered this but it certainly helps to rationalize sparing him. I’ll gladly pay tax dollars to let him rot in solitary confinement for the rest of his days and deny him the outcome he had no doubt hoped to receive.

Mr. Moussaoui, 37, seemed to go numb when Judge Leonie M. Brinkema received the verdict from the jury forewoman, a public school mathematics teacher, and read aloud the part that said, “We the jury, do not unanimously find that a sentence of death should be imposed on the defendant.”

May he spend an eternity in the living hell of his mind trapped behind steel and concrete denied his entrance into paradise.

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