The Final Verdict

Major Events in Zacarias Moussaoui's Case

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The Associated Press
Friday, February 3, 2006; 3:35 PM

2001

Feb. 26-May 29: Moussaoui trains at Norman, Okla., flight school but doesn't get pilot's license.

Aug. 17: Moussaoui arrested on immigration charges after arousing suspicion at Minnesota flight school by asking to learn to fly a Boeing 747.

Sept. 11: Terrorists crash jetliners into the World Trade Center, Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field. Moussaoui is moved to New York, held as material witness.

Dec. 11: Moussaoui charged with six conspiracy counts related to Sept. 11 attacks.

Dec. 13: Moved to Alexandria, Va., for trial. Moussaoui is denied bail.

2002

Jan. 2: Moussaoui refuses to plead; Judge Leonie Brinkema enters innocent plea.

March 28: Prosecutors announce they will seek the death penalty.

April 22: Moussaoui asks to represent himself. Brinkema orders mental evaluation.

June 13: Moussaoui allowed to represent himself, proclaims innocence. Court-appointed attorneys ask to be dismissed, but Brinkema keeps them on standby.

July 16-18: Prosecution revises indictment to strengthen death penalty case. Moussaoui asks to plead guilty. Brinkema gives him a week to reconsider.

July 25: Brinkema rules that Moussaoui is competent to plead guilty. In stormy hearing, Moussaoui tries to plead guilty to four counts, but Brinkema is not convinced he understands. He withdraws the pleas.

Sept. 6-19: Brinkema briefly seals Moussaoui's briefs because of intemperate rants.

2003

Feb. 12: Brinkema postpones trial indefinitely.

July 14: Justice Department refuses to let Moussaoui question detained al-Qaida leaders.

Oct. 2: Brinkema bars the government from seeking the death penalty.

Nov. 14: Citing inflammatory and unprofessional briefs, Brinkema ends Moussaoui's self-representation.

2004

April 22: A federal appeals court reinstates death penalty as a possible sentence. Citing national security, court says Moussaoui can use government-prepared summaries from detained al Qaeda leaders but cannot interview them.

2005

Jan. 10: Moussaoui's lawyers appeal to Supreme Court, challenging right to try him without allowing direct questioning of detained al Qaeda leaders.

March 21: Supreme Court refuses to hear appeal.

April 20: Brinkema meets with Moussaoui after he sends her a letter expressing desire to plead guilty. Judge deems him competent to do so.

April 22: Moussaoui pleads guilty to all six charges.

2006

Feb. 6: Court to begin selecting jury to choose the death penalty or life in prison.

March 6: Opening statements scheduled.


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