- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 6, 2006

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani described the opening horrors of Sept. 11, 2001, to Zacarias Moussaoui’s death penalty trial today, saying he was unwilling to believe people were jumping to their deaths from the World Trade Center until he saw it with his own eyes.

He said the image of two people jumping together, appearing to hold hands, sticks with him every day. Moussaoui affected a look of boredom when the prosecution played video of victims falling to their deaths.

Jurors watched intently; some family members in the courtroom hung their heads with reddened eyes during some of the testimony.

Giuliani took the stand after prosecutor Rob Spencer braced jurors for the painful testimony they were going to hear over the next few weeks. His presentation opened the final phase of the drawn-out trial that will determine whether Moussaoui is executed or sent to prison for life.

Mr. Giuliani said that when he arrived at the scene, his deputy told him how bad the situation was and people were jumping from the high floors of the towers. “I concluded or hoped he was wrong,” he said.

But then he saw people falling and “I froze. I realized in that couple of seconds, it switched my thinking and emotions. I said, ‘We’re in uncharted territory.”’

Extra marshals were on hand when Mr. Giuliani walked past Moussaoui and took the stand.

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