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Friday, May 12, 2006

Someone Agrees With Me

Last week I wrote that I was not comfortable with giving the death penalty to Zacarias Moussaoui.

Now, this week Charles Krauthammer agrees with me.

Money quote:

The government tried to argue that if he hadn't lied to the FBI, the Sept. 11 plot would have been discovered and lives would have been saved. But if you're going to execute someone, you ought to prove commission, rather than omission. Albert Speer knew a lot more about a lot more killing, yet the Nuremberg court spared him execution. It's hard to argue that Moussaoui was a greater monster than Speer.


Krauthammer goes on to say that while the verdict was correct, the jury reached it for all the wrong reasons; it shouldn't matter that you came from a screwed up family.

And then he concludes:

The Moussaoui verdict came out right, but the process was atrocious. The jury's list of mitigating factors was risible. And the entire process was farcical, a 4 1/2 -year charade manipulated by a self-declared terrorist gratuitously given a world platform by those he was working to destroy. We need no more lessons in the obvious: Civilian court -- with civilian procedures, civilian juries and civilian sensibilities -- is not the place for those who make war upon us.


Exactly.

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