Zacharias Moussaoui has apparently repaired any harm done to the government's case by the misbehavior of FAA lawyer Carla Martin by conceding that he was part of the 9-11 plot and lied to investigators when arrested because he wanted the remaining parts of the scheme to go forward.
Remember, to get the death penalty, the government must show that his lack of cooperation helped bring about the 9-11 attacks. After conceding that he and convicted shoe bomber Richard Ried were to highjack a fifth airplane and attack the White House, the following cross took place:
''You lied because you wanted to conceal that you were a member of al-Qaida?'' prosecutor Rob Spencer asked.
''That's correct,'' Moussaoui said.
Spencer: ''You lied so the plan could go forward?''
Moussaoui: ''That's correct.''
That is seashells and balloons for a trial lawyer. No wonder Moussaoui's lawyers tried so hard to keep him off the stand. This is pretty close to suicide by testimony.