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No Courtroom Jihad in Moussaoui Trial

Posted Sep 7, 2007 4:59 AM CDT
By Martha Neil

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The judge and the lawyers wanted a fair trial. Terrorism defendant Zacarias Moussaoui wanted something different: a courtroom jihad against the United States.

"He fought with the judge. He fought with his lawyers. Eventually, he fought with the prosecutors in a riveting cross-examination. But all of those battles were in service of his larger cause—as a warrior for radical Islam against the West," reports the ABA Journal. Despite his efforts, the trial of United States v. Moussaoui stayed on track, and the American justice system delivered on its mission of applying the rule of law.

For details of how those involved in the case met this lofty goal, read the full article. It is part of a special magazine issue on terrorism.


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