Moussaoui and Life
I don’t know, Jim Henley’s take on it seems appropriate to me.
You Ain’t Even Worth Killin’
It may count as cruel and unusual punishment, but I would approve sitting him in a hard chair in a small room. An endless line of Americans would file past. Each would look at him scornfully for a moment, scoff, “Tool!” under his or her breath, and spend the rest of the day doing better things.
Radley Balko has a similar take,
Martyrdom would have been the best thing we could have done for him.
The jury effectively rolled its collective eyes, shrugged, and dismissed Moussaoui as a bumbling fool.
Update (James Joyner): I don’t disagree with those sentiments. I would maintain, however, that the jury was charged with determining whether Moussaoui’s crimes merited capital punishment under the law, not whether life in prison was a more grueling fate in this case. Indeed, jurors in capital cases are typically required to affirm that they have no moral reservations about handing down a death sentence if it is legally appropriate.