Terror Trial Turns Into Mistrial For Liberty City Seven
(N.T.A.R.C.) One of seven defendants was acquitted Thursday of plotting to destroy Chicago’s 110 story Sears Tower and wage war against the US, and a mistrial was declared for the remaining six after the federal jury deadlocked.
The seven men were accused of plotting with al-Qaida to destroy the Sears Tower and bomb FBI offices in Miami and elsewhere. They had faced up to 70 years in prison if convicted of four terrorism-related conspiracy charges.
The jury in Miami found one defendant, Lyglenson Lemorin, not guilty of charges of conspiring to help foreign terrorist organizations including al-Qaeda, and conspiring to blow up buildings and overthrow the US government.
Following nine days of deliberation the jury sent a third note to the judge on Thursday saying: “We believe no further progress can be made”. After reading it in court, Judge Joan Lenard declared a mistrial.
Prosecutors said that they would seek to retrial the six defendants next year, with jury selection set for January 7.
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