December 06, 2005

Terror Suspect Sami Al-Arian Case Drones On

According to Fox News suspected terrorist and former University of South Florida professor, Sami Al-Arian, has been found innocent of supporting terrorists (more specifically on 8 of the 17 charges against him).

Jury acquits Al-Arian on key charge (Orlando Sentinel):

TAMPA -- A former Florida professor was acquitted on a key charge today that he helped lead a Palestinian terrorist group that has carried out suicide bombings against Israel.

In one of the biggest courtroom tests yet of the Patriot Act's expanded search and surveillance powers, the jury acquitted Sami Al-Arian on eight of the 17 counts against him. The jury deadlocked on the others.

Al-Arian, a former University of South Florida computer engineering professor, wept after the verdicts and his attorney, Linda Moreno hugged him. He will go back to jail until prosecutors decide whether retry him on the deadlocked charges.

There is still a lot more to come in the case of Sami Al-Arian but I wouldn't call this a set back in the war on terror.

Chad Evans, the anti-terror guru, is also covering this story.

Michelle Malkin provides a complete breakdown.

The St. Petersburg Times has a long article which also details the life of Sami Al-Arian.

Sami Al-Arian's Lawyers Playing the Race Card

Originally Posted at Conservative Thinking

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