Moussaoui Judge Bars FAA Witnesses, Allows Death Case to Proceed
Bump and Update: The hearing is over. Judge Brinkema has ruled that none of the FAA witnesses who were e-mailed by Carla Martin can testify, but the Government can proceed with seeking the death penalty against Zacarias Moussaoui.
After a hearing in which the aviation officials appeared in the absence of the jury, U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema said Federal Aviation Administration and Transportation Security Administration witnesses who had been coached would not be allowed to testify before the jury and that she would bar evidence from them.
The judge "split the baby" as they say. Since these were the witnesses the Government was counting on to establish that but for Moussaoui's lies, the attacks could have been prevented, their case for death is on very shaky ground. But they have until Monday to regroup.
More malfeasance by the Government was revealed at the hearing. Some was by Martin, but it appears prosecutors may be tainted by this as well:
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