It appears the prosecutors have made a hash of the Moussaoui death penalty trial, or at least one of their team – a lawyer from TSA – may have. Judge Brinkema doesn’t like the death penalty for Moussaoui anyway. The question is not whether Moussaoui will ever be released. It is what damage he can do behind bars.
Though it cannot be a factor in deciding his sentance, Moussaoui imprisoned may be able to do more damage than he ever did while free. Charles Colson first reported it (if memory serves) in the Wall Street Journal more than three years ago. Imams preaching Wahhabi radicalism to state and federal prisoners under the guise of catering to prisoners’ religious needs has become a significant threat. What better place to recruit terrorists than from among criminals disaffected with society?
Look for Moussaoui to be sentenced to life without parole, and then look for him to be suddenly proclaimed an imam to preach to his fellow prisoners.