Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Moussaoui Verdict

You really can't prepare a verdict drawing ahead of time.

Sometimes I've tried to get a head start on a verdict sketch by pencilling in the the clerk or foreperson reading the verdict or even the defendant and his attorneys standing. Reporters often do the same thing, writing much of their story in anticipation of a verdict.

It doesn't work very well because even though the court personel assures you that the clerk will stand and read the verdict and that it has always been done that way, this time she'll forget to stand or the judge will decide to read the verdict sheet for a change.

Yesterday Moussaoui ignored the judge's instruction to stand, clenched the arms of his chair and muttered as the verdict was read. As he was led out of the courtroom he exclaimed in a loud voice "You'll never get my blood! God curse you all!"


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