Judge Denies Moussaoui's Motion to Withdraw Plea
Zacarias Moussaoui filed a motion to withdraw his guilty plea (pdf) today. He said that he did not trust his lawyers or the American jury system so he pleaded guilty to being a member of al Qaeda . He maintains he was not a part of the 9/11 conspiracy, didn't know the the details, and was to be part of a later plot against the U.S. This is what he has maintained all along, even on the day he pleaded guilty. The AP reports on the motion here.
Now that he has reviewed the jury's verdict, Moussaoui says he understands that he can receive a fair trial by American jurors, that they are able to put aside their disgust for him and their emotions and judge his case fairly.
Judge Lonnie Brinkema has already denied the motion (pdf) on procedural grounds:
Defendant's Motion to Withdraw must be summarily denied on the basis of Fed. R. Crim. P. 11(e) which provides that "[a]fter the court imposes sentence, the defendant may not withdraw a plea of guilty or nolo contendere, and the plea may be set aside only on direct appeal or collateral attack." Because defendant was
sentenced on May 4, 2006, his motion is too late and must be denied.
Here is the statement of facts which Moussaoui agreed to during his guilty plea hearing.
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