Thursday, May 04, 2006

"Not with a bang, but a whimper"

KHON2 on one bad ass judge:
Moussaoui taunted the United States once again Thursday, as he has done during various outbursts throughout his trial.

"We will come back one day. You will never get him. God curse America. God save Usama bin Laden. You will never get him," he said after he walked into the courtroom flashing a victory sign.

Brinkema firmly refused to be interrupted by the 37-year-old French national of Moroccan descent as she disputed his claim that his life sentence meant America had lost and he had won.

"Mr. Moussaoui, when this proceeding is over, everyone else in this room will leave to see the sun ... hear the birds ... and they can associate with whomever they want," she said. "You will spend the rest of your life in a supermax prison. It's absolutely clear who won."

She said it was only fitting that he will be kept away from outsiders.

"Mr. Moussaoui, you came here to be a martyr in a great big bang of glory," she said, "but to paraphrase the poet T.S. Eliot, instead you will die with a whimper."

At that point, Moussaoui tried again to interrupt her, but she spoke even louder over him.

"You will never get a chance to speak again and that's an appropriate ending," she added.


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