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Moussaoui’s Emily Litella Moment

By on 5.8.06 | 6:17PM


ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Convicted Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui says he lied on the witness stand about being involved in the plot and wants to withdraw his guilty plea because he now believes he can get a fair trial.
Sorry, Zac: We've got a little thing called Rule 11-e, and you're not going to like it. Lyle Denniston explains:
In a footnote, the defense lawyers noted that they are aware that a federal criminal procedure rule (Rule 11-e) "prohibits a defendant from withdrawing a guilty plea after imposition of sentence." But, they said, they were filing the motion "given their problematic relationship with Moussaoui, of which the Court is well aware." Moussaoui tried to fire his lawyers several times, and was completely disdainful of them throughout the time they represented him as court-appointed counsel.
UPDATE: Motion denied (.pdf).

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