Friday, March 17, 2006

Moussaoui Case: It Only Gets Uglier

As if this case wasn't shoddy enough:

Lawyers for two airlines being sued by 9/11 victims prompted a federal attorney to coach witnesses in the Zacarias Moussaoui death penalty trial so the government's case against the al-Qaida conspirator would not undercut their defense, victims' lawyers allege.

One of the airline lawyers forwarded a transcript from the first day of the Moussaoui trial to Carla J. Martin, a Transportation Security Administration lawyer, the victims' lawyers, Robert Clifford and Gregory Joseph, claim.

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Because that government position could have "devastating" impact on the airlines' defense in the civil suit, American Airlines' lawyer forwarded the transcript to a United Air Lines lawyer who forwarded it to Martin, Clifford and Joseph wrote. As proof, they cited March 7 e-mails that they provided to Hellerstein but which were not immediately available here.
If these allegations are true (and it is not yet entirely clear that they are), then look for heads law licenses to roll.

While I'm not exactly crying over the prospect of the so-called "20th hijacker" not facing the death penalty, the malfeasance that created this sequence of events is the sort of thing that galls me to no end, that offends me on behalf of my whole profession.

Hat tip: Below the Beltway


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