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Day 26: Under Direct-Examination by Aloke Chakravarty, Evan Kohlmann Calls Prayer Material Support

Today was much less eventful than the past few days have been. The witnesses were FBI Special Agent Brian Solecki and Evan Kohlmann. The defense moved for a mistrial for the fifth time since the trial began. Jeffrey Groharing’s (JG) Direct Examination of FBI Reader Brian Solecki (BS). JG and BS they read multiple chats […]

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Defense says Mehanna evolved from immaturity – Metro – The Boston Globe

Defense says Mehanna evolved from immaturity Adds suspect was immature radical By Milton J. Valencia |  GLOBE STAFF     DECEMBER 02, 2011 A lawyer for Tarek Mehanna sought to establish yesterday that he grew from an immature radical into a budding scholar who was passionate about his religion but never went as far as endorsing […]

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Parkhurst: Defending Tarek Mehanna – Millis, MA – Wicked Local Millis

Parkhurst: Defending Tarek Mehanna The MetroWest Daily News Posted Dec 01, 2011 @ 08:36 AM FRAMINGHAM — Thank you for the thoughtful column about Tarek Mehanna in this Sunday’s paper (“The crimes of Tarek Mehanna,” by Rick Holmes, Nov. 27). Although Mehanna is opposed to the U.S. presence in Iraq, so are many other people, […]

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Day 25: Jay Carney to Cooperating Witness Kareem Abu Zahra: “You’ve even practiced lying, havent you?”

If there are images in this attachment, they will not be displayed.  Download the original attachment NOTE: All quotes are paraphrased. Any and all errors are unintentional. Day 25 Today, defense attorney Jay Carney continued his cross-examination of Kareem Abuzahra – an American Muslim who’s cooperation with the FBI resulted in the prosecution of Tarek Mehanna. […]

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Defense Contests Key Witness in Mass. Terror Case – ABC News

Defense Contests Key Witness in Mass. Terror Case By DENISE LAVOIE AP Legal Affairs Writer BOSTON December 1, 2011 (AP) A lawyer for a man accused of conspiring to help al-Qaida suggested Wednesday that it was a key prosecution witness, not his client, who wanted to find a terrorist camp in Yemen. Prosecutors have said […]

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Mehanna did not regret trip to Yemen, US alleges – Metro – The Boston Globe

Mehanna did not regret trip to Yemen, US alleges Allegedly said he would repeat trip By Milton J. Valencia |  GLOBE STAFF     DECEMBER 01, 2011 …Yesterday defense lawyers sought to discredit Abuzahra, a 31-year-old father of two from Lynnfield, saying much of his talk of jihad was bravado, rather than a commitment to terrorism. […]

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DAY 24: KAREEM ABU-ZAHRA, DIRECT EXAMINATION COMPLETED; CROSS-EXAM BEGINS, CONT. TO DAY25

Day 24:  (11/30/2011): 1.  Completion of direct-exam of Kareem Abu-Zahra ["KAZ"] via Chakravarty ["AC"]; 2.  Initiation of cross-exam; to be continued through Day 25 via Carney ["JC"]; Today’s testimony picked up with the 2nd meeting that KAZ recorded for the government. This meeting was with AAS outside a local mosque. KAZ told AAS that he’d mentioned […]

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Lawyer: Gov’t witness, not Mass. man accused of trying to aid al-Qaida, sought terrorist camp – The Washington Post

Lawyer: Gov’t witness, not Mass. man accused of trying to aid al-Qaida, sought terrorist camp By Associated Press, Published: November 30 BOSTON — A lawyer for a man accused of conspiring to help al-Qaida suggested Wednesday that it was a key prosecution witness, not his client, who wanted to find a terrorist camp in Yemen. via […]

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Day 23: Direct of Kareem Abu-Zahra Continued

**The following is a narrative of the testimony of Cooperating Witness/Informant Kareem Abu-Zahra. While listening, we picked up on many inconsistencies between his testimony and the testimony of witnesses who have come before. Whether this testimony proves partially, or wholly, factually inaccurate remains to be seen. ** Chakravarty began his line of questioning immediately by reminding the court […]

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Day 22: Beginning of direct examination of Kareem Abu-Zahra

Today got off to a slow start as the government continued with “reader” FBI agent Dan Genck (DG) as soon as the jury entered the courtroom. Jeffery Auerhahn (JA) went through several chats and emails between Tarek and various individuals. In her cross examination, Janice Bassil (JB) made the point that there was no indication […]

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