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Some doubt strength of US terrorism cases

History was made here last week when the first federal case involving suspected terrorist cells detected in the United States after the Sept. 11 attacks came to a close as the last of the ”Lackawanna Six” pleaded guilty to supporting Al Qaeda and attending a terrorist training camp in Afghanistan. And today, a jury in Detroit continues deliberating the fate of four alleged sleeper cell members in the first terrorism trial in the United States after the 2001 attacks. While the Justice Department took different paths in prosecuting the two cases, legal specialists said they are preludes to future trials of alleged sleeper cells in the United States. Both cases have sparked criticism among legal scholars who say the charges were overblown by federal officials desperate to break up terror plots in the country. ”The government is staking its credibility on these cases,” said David Moran, an assistant professor of law at Wayne State University. Full Story

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