Andy McCarthy: Moussaoui Conviction Upheld – The Corner

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The Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has affirmed the conviction and sentence of 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui. Enthusiasts of the law-enforcement approach to terrorism will undoubtedly claim this development as more evidence that their strategy works. To the contrary, I have argued several times see, e.g., here and here that we dodged a bullet with Moussaoui — i.e., if he had not surprised everyone by pleading guilty, if he had instead insisted on proceeding with his trial not just the penalty phase but the guilt phase, the case might well have ended disastrously.

via Moussaoui Conviction Upheld – Andy McCarthy – The Corner on National Review Online.