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Verdict doesn't end debate

Victory claimed by both sides in terrorism case. In the nation’s first terrorism trial after Sept. 11, 2001, a Detroit jury convicted two men and acquitted two others Tuesday in a split verdict that jurors said was unaffected by the terror attacks. It was a complex end to an extraordinary case that offered no clear winners, with some defense lawyers saying the verdict called into question the existence of terrorist cells in Detroit, and the Department of Justice simultaneously proclaiming it a clear mandate to continue in its war on terror. The case has drawn intense national interest — with many legal experts looking to its outcome as a forecast of how the government will handle future terrorism cases. But three jurors who spoke to reporters in the courtroom after the noon verdict said the Bush administration’s agenda was not on their minds as they deliberated. Full Story

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