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U.S. Erred in Terror Convictions

The Justice Department conceded Wednesday that in its zeal to win convictions in a terrorism case in Detroit last year, prosecutors engaged in “a pattern of mistakes and oversights” that may constitute criminal misconduct. The case was the first major terrorism prosecution after the Sept. 11 attacks and had been hailed by U.S. Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft as an example of the government’s successful campaign to disrupt terrorist “sleeper cells” in the country. In its 60-page court-ordered filing, the Justice Department supports the Detroit defendants’ request for a new trial and states that it will no longer pursue terrorism charges against them. Full Story

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