Admitted Al Qaeda terrorist Zaccarias Moussaoui brought a federal judge to tears this morning as he tried to persuade her to allow him to plead guilty for his role in the September 11 attacks.
The judge at first insisted that Moussaoui take a week off to think about his plea.
"Listen," said the judge, "you've been under a lot of pressure. Don't make any hasty decisions. Why don't you hop a plane to someplace warm, relax on the beach, read a Stephen King novel, you know...get away from it all?"
When the defendant insisted on his guilt, the judge began to weep.
"Don't you see?" she pleaded, "if you're guilty, the trial's over and no one will ever hear of me again. Please, say you're innocent...it would mean so much to my career...the book rights, the movie, the action figure."
Moussaoui then stepped to the bench and held the judge gently in his arms as she wept against his shoulder.