- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 27, 2006

[2:50 p.m.]

Jury deliberations in the Zacarias Moussaoui sentencing trial were suspended today after a juror called in sick - an announcement the defendent greeted with amusement, telling the courtroom “Moussaoui biological warfare” as he was taken away.

Deliberations are scheduled to resume tomorrow, although the judge said she may wait until Monday if the juror does not recover quickly.

U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema called lawyers for the defense and prosecution into court for a hearing at the outset of what was to have been the jury’s fourth day of deliberations, reporting that a juror had called in sick.

The jury has the job of deciding whether the September 11, 2001, conspirator should be executed or sentenced to life in prison.

The jury of nine men and three women had deliberated for 16 hours over three days. They have asked only one question - a request on Tuesday for a dictionary.

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