Timeline: Moussaoui Case

Major events in Zacarias Moussaoui's case:


—Feb. 26-May 29: Moussaoui trains at Norman, Okla., flight school but doesn't get pilot's license.

—Aug. 17: Moussaoui arrested on immigration charges after arousing suspicion at Minnesota flight school by asking to learn to fly a Boeing 747.

—Sept. 11: Terrorists crash jetliners into the World Trade Center, Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field. Moussaoui is moved to New York, held as material witness.

—Dec. 11: Moussaoui charged with six conspiracy counts related to Sept. 11 attacks.

—Dec. 13: Moved to Alexandria, Va., for trial. Moussaoui is denied bail.


—Jan. 2: Moussaoui refuses to plead; Judge Leonie Brinkema enters innocent plea.

—March 28: Prosecutors announce they will seek the death penalty.

—April 22: Moussaoui asks to represent himself. Brinkema orders mental evaluation.

—June 13: Moussaoui allowed to represent himself, proclaims innocence. Court-appointed attorneys ask to be dismissed, but Brinkema keeps them on standby.

—July 16-18: Prosecution revises indictment to strengthen death penalty case. Moussaoui asks to plead guilty. Brinkema gives him a week to reconsider.

—July 25: Brinkema rules that Moussaoui is competent to plead guilty. In stormy hearing, Moussaoui tries to plead guilty to four counts, but Brinkema is not convinced he understands. He withdraws the pleas.

—Sept. 6-19: Brinkema briefly seals Moussaoui's briefs because of intemperate rants.


—Feb. 12: Brinkema postpones trial indefinitely.

—July 14: Justice Department refuses to let Moussaoui question detained Al Qaeda leaders.

—Oct. 2: Citing the Justice Department's position on questioning detained Al Qaeda leaders, Brinkema bars the government from seeking the death penalty.

—Nov. 14: Brinkema, citing inflammatory and unprofessional briefs, ends Moussaoui's self-representation.


—April 22: A federal appeals court reinstates death penalty as a possible sentence. Citing national security, court says Moussaoui can use government-prepared summaries from detained Al Qaeda leaders but cannot interview them.


—Jan. 10: Moussaoui's lawyers appeal to Supreme Court, challenging right to try him without allowing direct questioning of detained Al Qaeda leaders.

—March 21: Supreme Court refuses to hear appeal.

—April 20: Brinkema meets with Moussaoui after he sends her a letter expressing desire to plead guilty. Judge deems him competent to do so.

—April 22: Moussaoui pleads guilty to all six charges.


—Feb. 6: Court selects 85 people from northern Virginia for a jury to decide whether Moussaoui gets the death penalty or life in prison. Two people drop out within days.

—March 6: Eighteen jurors and alternates are seated. One begs off. Prosecutors and defense lawyers deliver opening statements.

—March 13: Brinkema learns that a government lawyer coached witnesses who were to testify later in the trial. Says she is considering an end to the death penalty option for Moussaoui.

—March 14: Hearing set for arguments on whether to continue trial or send Moussaoui to prison for life.

—March 17: Brinkema accepts a government compromise that will allow prosecutors to present new witnesses about aviation security.

—March 23: Prosecutors rest their case.

—March 27: Testifying against his lawyers' advice, Moussaoui says he was supposed to hijack a fifth jetliner on Sept. 11, 2001, with would-be shoe bomber Richard Reid and fly it into the White House.

— April 3: The federal jury finds Moussaoui eligible for the death penalty. Judge schedules phase two of the sentencing trial to begin Thursday.

— April 5: Brinkema rules that cockpit recording of United Flight 93, which crashed into a Pennsylvania field on Sept. 11, will be aired for the first time publicly.

— April 6: Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, along with Sept. 11 survivors and family members of victims, testifies in the first day of the trials second phase.

— April 10: Brinkema warns prosecutors of going overboard with Sept. 11 testimony, video footage and photographs.

— April 12: The jury hears the United Flight 93 cockpit voice recording. The transcript is released to the media.

— April 13: On the witness stand, Moussaoui says he had "no regret, no remorse" about the 9/11 attacks.

— April 17: A defense psychologist testifies that Zacarias Moussaoui is a paranoid schizophrenic with delusions.

— April 19: Half a dozen relatives of people killed in the Sept. 11 attacks testify on behalf of Moussaoui.

— April 20: Testimony concludes in the trial.

— April 24: The jury begins deliberations after the prosecution and defense present their closing arguments.

— May 3: The jury rejects the death penalty and decides Moussaoui must spend his life in prison.