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Terrorism or charity key issue in Florida trial

To U.S. government lawyers prosecuting one of the most important anti-terrorism cases since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, a $20,000 check from a former Florida university professor to a co-defendant helps prove a terrorist conspiracy.To a defense lawyer, the money allowed his client to show he was not going to be a burden to U.S. taxpayers. The polar vantage points of prosecution and defense in the case against Palestinian academic Sami al-Arian and three other men charged with helping the Palestinian group Islamic Jihad, named by the United States as a terrorist organization, point to a long and contentious trial.Full Story

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