Dec 18 2007

Liberty City Seven Get Mistrial

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Liberty CityGUEST: Bob Norman, columnist for New Times, Broward/Palm Beach in Florida

Last week, a Miami federal court declared a mistrial in the case of six men accused of plotting to wage war against the United States by blowing up the Sears Tower in Chicago. Jurors acquitted one man and failed to reach verdicts for the other six. The men, known as the Liberty City Seven, named for the region of Miami where they gathered in a warehouse, were arrested in 2006. All the defendants are black men in their 20s and 30s, and after their high-profile arrest last year, were painted as part of a dangerous homegrown terror cell that wanted to join forces with al-Qaida. A new trial is set to begin on January 7th. The Liberty City Seven join about a dozen other terrorism defendants whose cases have resulted in acquittals and mistrials since September 11th 2001.

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