Only one juror prevented Zacarias Moussaoui from being sentenced to death for his role in the 9/11 attacks, the Washington Post has reported.
The paper says it was contacted by the jury forewoman from the trial, after which Moussaoui was given life in jail.
She said that in secret votes on three terrorism charges, the jury repeatedly voted 11-1, 10-2 and 10-2.
A unanimous vote on any of the charges would have condemned Moussaoui to a lethal injection.
The forewoman complained that the dissenter who kept holding out on the first charge never identified him or herself, and never put forward their arguments for discussion, he says.
“I felt frustrated,” the forewoman said, “because I felt that many of us had been cheated by the anonymity of the ‘no’ voter.
“We will never know their reason. We will never be able to hold their reason up to the light and the scrutiny of evidence, fact, and law,” she told the Post.