ALEXANDRIA, Virginia — An angry federal judge abruptly adjourned the sentencing trial of al Qaeda conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui on Monday and is considering whether to declare a mistrial or drop the death penalty as an option. U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema will hear testimony Tuesday from witnesses whose testimony was coached in violation of court rules. “I do not want to act precipitously,” Brinkema said in scheduling the special hearing Tuesday to probe what she said could be a “very serious taint of a key portion of this case.” Brinkema said the government’s error was “egregious,” making it “very difficult for this case to go forward.” Moussaoui’s attorneys asked the judge to declare a mistrial or take the death penalty off the table, arguing that Moussaoui has been deprived of a fair trial. A lawyer for the Transportation Safety Administration, Carla Martin, e-mailed transcripts to witnesses, prosecutors disclosed Monday in a letter to the judge and Moussaoui’s defense. According to letter, seven current and former employees of the Federal Aviation Administration were sent transcripts from last week’s opening statements and first four days of testimony. Brinkema said the e-mails “blatantly” violated her February […]

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