Monday, February 06, 2006
AP: Moussaoui Removed From Court for Outburst - Feb. 6
By MICHAEL J. SNIFFEN, Associated Press Writer -- 3 minutes ago
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Proclaiming "I am al-Qaida," Zacarias Moussaoui, right, was escorted from a federal courtroom in Alexandria on Monday at the outset of jury selection in his terrorist conspiracy trial. As he was removed by federal marshals, he shouted, "This trial is a circus."
The acknowledged al-Qaida conspirator, often a volatile figure in the courtroom, got almost immediately into an argument with U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema, demanding "I want to be heard" and saying of his lawyers, "These people do not represent me."
He left with his hands on his head, offering no resistance.
The outburst came as the first group of prospective jurors gathered to answer a questionnaire that will be used to help the judge and the lawyers select 12 jurors and six alternates. That's expected to take a month, setting the stage for the trial to begin March 6 on whether Moussaoui will be put to death or given life in prison.
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