US judge denies Moussaoui’s four motions
A federal judge trying the case of Frenchman Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person charged in the United States in the September 11 attacks, Thursday denied four of the defendant’s hand-scrawled motions. Judge Leonie Brinkema said in her blanket denial that the motions offered “no new evidence or legal argument to justify any reconsideration of the rulings at issue.” Moussaoui is defending himself, although the court has appointed three “standby attorneys” to advise and assist him when necessary. His pleadings to the court have been semi-literate diatribes, hand-scrawled on lined notebook paper, in which he pours scorn on the court, the judge, his standby lawyers, the justice system and the United States. Many pages contain footnotes in Arabic. In her own footnote to Thursday’s ruling, Brinkema warns Moussaoui that “he abuses his right to access the court and to represent himself by filing groundless motions to reconsider and by injecting rhetoric, which he may find clever, but which wastes the court’s time and undercuts any meritorious claim that should be considered.”
I know this was going to be bad when the clowns and the elephants showed up. Shoulda put him before a military tribunal, shot him, and had it over with.

Posted by: Fred Pruitt 2003-10-18