November 16, 2005, - 11:59 am
By Debbie Schlussel
On this site, we’ve wondered whether Islamic Jihad terrorist leader Sami Al-Arian (about whom I was among the first to write extensively back in 2001) will walk.
We hope not, but it doesn’t look good.
Today is the second day of jury deliberations. A quicker decision would be more likely if jurors were certain of Al-Arian’s and his co-defendant’s guilt, which obviously they are not.
Add that to the fact that, on Monday, the judge replaced a “pro-government” juror with one of the people who complained about him. Apparently two jurors (one of them then an alternate and now on the actual jury) complained to the judge that the juror had already made up his mind to convict Al-Arian.
Presumably, if that bothered these two jurors so much, they must already have had their minds made up in favor of acquitting him. Doesn’t sound like they’ll get a jury to convict him, based on that fact.
At the very most, I predict they will split it–as jurors did in the Detroit Terror Cell trial–and find some of the defendants guilty of some of the counts in the indictment. Let’s hope for that.
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