Trial begins for alleged members of 'jihad network'
Four men who went on trial Monday were members of a dangerous Muslim terror cell that schemed to support the Taliban and fight the United States, the government charges. Defense lawyers paint a different picture, saying overzealous prosecutors have turned legal activities, like playing paintball and buying weapons, into a sinister plot, and are inferring anti-American sentiments where none exist. It will be up to U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema to decide the men’s guilt or innocence: all four defendants and the prosecution have waived their right to a jury trial. The four men were charged in June with conspiracy, firearms charges and other crimes as part of what U.S. Attorney Paul McNulty called a “Virginia jihad network.” Full Story