Court posts 9/11 trial exhibits online

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    Court posts 9/11 trial exhibits online

    Some of the 1,200 exhibits are graphic, court warns

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    <!--endclickprintexclude-->ALEXANDRIA, Virginia (AP) -- Exhibits from the trial of convicted terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui, including photographs of September 11 carnage and tape-recorded final phone calls from World Trade Center victims, were posted Monday by a federal court.
    The U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia, said it is the first criminal case for which a federal court has provided access to all exhibits online.
    The videos, photographs and taped phone calls on the court's Web site were graphic in some cases, leading the court to mark 18 of the 1,202 exhibits "discretion advised." (See the exhibits[​IMG])
    Other trial exhibits range from motel receipts for the September 11 suicide hijackers to photographs of the U.S. flight schools where some of the terrorists learned to pilot commercial jets.
    Also among the exhibits are the surveillance videotapes of some of the terrorists passing through airport security checkpoints before climbing aboard the jetliners they hijacked.
    Indicted in December 2001, Moussaoui pleaded guilty last year to terrorism conspiracy charges.
    When he testified in court this year, Moussaoui claimed he was to hijack a fifth plane on September 11. He told jurors that Richard Reid, now imprisoned for a December 2001 shoe bombing attempt aboard a trans-Atlantic flight, was to be on his hijacking team.
    Choosing between sentencing him to execution or life in prison, the jury found Moussaoui directly responsible for deaths on September 11, but declined to give him the death penalty.
    Professing surprise at the life sentence, Moussaoui moved to withdraw his guilty plea and appeal his sentence.
    Moussaoui said he lied on the witness stand March 27. He reversed four years of denials and claimed he was to hijack a fifth jetliner on September 11, 2001, and crash it into the White House, "even though I knew that was a complete fabrication."
    After the sentencing, Osama bin Laden said in an audio tape that Moussaoui had nothing to do with the September 11 attacks.
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