From the what-the-hell-were-they-thinking-dept
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia (Reuters) – A federal judge on Monday was considering whether to dismiss the death penalty case against September 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui after a government lawyer violated a rule on sharing information with witnesses.
“In all the years I’ve been on the bench, I’ve never seen such an egregious violation of the court’s rule on witnesses,” U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema said in court.
She then recessed to decide whether to dismiss the possible death sentence for Moussaoui, who has pleaded guilty to conspiracy in connection with the September 11 attacks, and instead sentence him to life in prison.
She said a lawyer for the Federal Aviation Administration had violated the rule by reading the transcript of the first day of the trial and discussing the case with several potential witnesses who were due to be called by both the prosecution and the defence.
Apparently the coaching went beyond what is listed in this story. (As the saying goes…) I’m no lawyer but I don’t know how the judge does NOT declare a mistrial at this point.
What lawschool did these idiots go to?