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Are you watching the Moussaoui trial?

Kevin Anderson | 15:00 UK time, Tuesday, 4 April 2006

A jury has ruled that Zacarias Moussaoui, who has confessed to being part of the 9/11 plot, is eligible for the death penalty. The jury will rule later this week whether he will be put to death or spend the rest of his life in prison.

Have you been watching the trial? What is your reacton? We want to hear from you. Read on for a roundup of comments online about the trial and leave your comments here.

The blog TalkLeft, which looks at crime news in the US from a liberal perspective, takes a close look at the jury decision that Moussaoui is eligible for the death penalty. It's a pretty detailed post that goes into the legal questions the jury had to answer.

But the post generated quite a bit of comment. A commenter named Narius had this to say:

So much work to decide whether to kill a CONFESSED terrorist.

Tim who contributes to the blog Balloon Juice had this to say about the jury's decision:

I’m generally skeptical about the death penalty as a government policy, but this isn’t one of those cases and I am disgusted with the federal lawyer who screwed up and even put the decision in question. The sooner I stop seeing and hearing about this bit of scum the better.

If you want to know what all this means, check out Lyle Denniston's detailed post on the SCOTUSblog:

It was widely believed, by those following the death proceeding closely, that the hardest burden for the government would be the death eligibility verdict. And, with the jury now unanimously in favor of eligibility, it seems only a matter of time until the proceeding results in an actual death sentence.

And Don Surber had this to say on his blog:

As an opponent of capital punishment (it gives the government way too much power) I am nonetheless pleased with the verdict in the Zacarias Moussaoui case. Consider it assisted suicide.

We're contacting all of these bloggers and hoping that they can join the programme. E-mail us or leave a comment below if you've seen a good blog post on the trial.

And what do you think? Leave your comments here, and be sure to leave an e-mail address or a phone number if you want to join the programme.


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