Politics Oct 02

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Judge Bars Death Penalty in Moussaoui Case

A federal judge Thursday barred the U.S. government from seeking the death penalty in its case against Zacarias Moussaoui, the only suspect facing charges directly related to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that killed more than 3,000 people.

Accused Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui attempted to plead guilty to a revised federal indictment including charges that could carry the death penalty, but a federal judge refused to accept his plea and insisted he take a week to reconsider.

A federal grand jury today indicted French Moroccan Zacarias Moussaoui on six counts of conspiring with Osama bin Laden and the 19 hijackers in the murder of thousands during the Sept. 11 attacks on Washington and New York.

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