Friday, April 28, 2006

'Aggravating' stumps Moussaoui Jurors

Am I the only one who finds Moussaoui's response to the judge's instructions, funny?

On Friday, U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema reminded jurors to avoid looking up words in the dictionary after learning a juror researched the definition of "aggravating."

The jury is balancing "aggravating" and "mitigating" factors to determine whether Moussaoui should be executed or spend the rest of his life in prison for his role in the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Deliberations resumed Friday after a day's interruption because of a juror's illness.

Brinkema told jurors, "'Aggravating' essentially means to make something worse." She advised, "Don't hesitate to ask questions if you have any. If you have a question, we're here to help."

After jurors left the courtroom, the defendant said, "Moussaoui, aggravating curse on America."


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