Reid won’t testify at Moussaoui trial
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Al-Qaida terrorist and would-be shoe-bomber Richard Reid will not be testifying at the death-penalty trial of Zacarias Moussaoui.U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema on Friday vacated the order she had previously issued requiring Reid to testify for the defense at Moussaoui’s trial.Brinkema gave no substantive explanation for her order. She cited a letter written Friday by Moussaoui’s court-appointed lawyers and a motion filed by the federal public defenders in Boston who represented Reid. Both the letter and the motion by Reid’s lawyers are sealed, though.Reid is serving a life sentence in Colorado after a failed attempt to blow up an American Airlines flight in 2001.Moussaoui testified last month at his death-penalty trial that he and Reid were going to hijack a fifth plane on Sept. 11, 2001 and fly it into the White House.Moussaoui’s defense lawyers, who have tried to discredit their client’s credibility on the witness stand, have said Moussaoui is exaggerating his role in Sept. 11 to inflate his role in history.