- The Washington Times - Monday, April 3, 2006

A federal jury found al Qaeda conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui eligible today to be executed, deciding that his lies to FBI agents led directly to at least one death in the terrorist attacks of September 11.

The only person to face charges in this country in the nation’s worst terrorist assault, Moussaoui now faces a second phase of his sentencing trial.

The nine men and three women of the jury will hear testimony on whether the 37-year-old Frenchman, who was in jail at the time of the attack, deserves to be executed for his role.

The testimony will include families of 9/11 victims who will describe the human impact of the al-Qaida mission that flew four jetliners into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field.

Court-appointed defense lawyers, whom Moussaoui has tried to reject, will summon experts to suggest he is schizophrenic after an impoverished childhood during which he faced racism in France over his Moroccan ancestry.

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