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Jury selection completed in terror trial

A jury of four men and 12 women will hear the case against four men accused of providing material support to terrorists. The weeklong jury selection process was completed Wednesday in the federal trial of Karim Koubriti, Ahmed Hannan, Farouk Ali-Maimoud and Abdel-Ilah Elmardoudi. The selection process was conducted in secret. The panel includes four alternates. The 12 people who will actually deliberate the case will be selected randomly at the end of the trial. Opening statements were to begin after the jurors received instructions from U.S. District Judge Gerald Rosen. Rosen Monday refused to postpone the trial despite hostilities in Iraq. Defense attorneys had argued jurors could not be fair as a result of the fighting. “All of us would prefer that we didn’t have to begin this trial while our nation remains at war,” Rosen said in issuing his decision. “We have the tools to finish the job. We’ll press on.” Full Story

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