The judge in the Zacarias Moussaoui trial indicated that she might have to throw out the death penalty as a sanction against the government for its violation of the court's rules against coaching witnesses.
Now as an official liberal, I have great respect for the rights of the accused -- some would say too much. And as a former government employee, I have a really hard time understanding just how a mistake of this magnitude could happen.
All of my biases aside, I don't think the judge will go through with it. After the first go-round, she's gotta be pretty well aware that that there's no way that the Fourth Circuit will let her give up on the death penalty so quickly.