Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Moussaoui enjoys the show, then tires of it

Moussaoui was entertained during three days of testimony by mental health experts testifying for his defense. Dr Michael First (see first sketch) told the jury that Moussaoui is so convinced by his dream that President Bush will release him from prison and place him on a plane to Heathrow that he views his death penalty trial as inconsequential. Rather than appreciate the seriousness of his situation he spends his time in court being amused and composing remarks such as "crazy, or not crazy, that is the question" and "Moussaoui flew over the cuckoo's nest" that he shouts on his way out of the courtroom.

He gave the thumbs up to Assistant U.S. Attorney David J. Novak after his particularly aggressive cross-examination of a defense psychiatrist on Tuesday.

But toward the end of the day he begins to show signs of growing weary and often looks up at the clock on the wall behind him.


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