Moussaoui prosecutors file jury questions

Nov. 29, 2005 at 10:10 AM
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ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 (UPI) -- U.S. government lawyers in the death penalty trial of Zacarias Moussaoui have prepared an extraordinary list of questions to pick an unbiased jury.

The Justice Department's proposed questionnaire for jury selection which starts Feb. 6 was filed Monday in the U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., reports The Washington Post.

The trial for Moussaoui, the only person charged in the United States for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, will determine whether he should be executed or get a life sentence.

The questionnaire, reports the Post, includes questions regarding the identity of Osama bin Laden, Muhammad Atef, Mohamed Atta and Khalid Sheik Mohammed. Other questions include whether the jury candidate ever worked in an airport or socializes "with any people of Arab descent."

A former federal prosecutor says the government wants to "ferret out" potential jurors who oppose the death penalty.

Edward B. MacMahon Jr., an attorney for Moussaoui said the defense will file its own proposed questions.

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