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A Dangerous Mind? Andrew March’s article in New York Times

LATE last year, a jury in Boston convicted Tarek Mehanna, a 29-year-old pharmacist born in Pittsburgh, of material support for terrorism, conspiring to provide material support to terrorists and conspiring to kill in a foreign country, after a 35-day trial in which I testified as an expert witness for the defense. Enlarge This Image WHDH-TV, […]

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Response from Support Committee After Sentencing

Thank you for your continued support of Tarek and his family. Today was, in many ways, easier than the day we received the verdict. We went in expecting the worst, expecting life without parole. Throughout this trial we saw firsthand the manipulation and lies the government is capable of. We were outraged by the utter […]

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Tarek’s powerful sentencing statement

Spoken to Judge O’Toole during his sentencing, April 12th 2012. In the name of God, the most Gracious, the most Merciful. Exactly four years ago this month, I was finishing my work shift at a local hospital. As I was walking to my car I was approached by two federal agents. They said that I […]

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A brief explanation from Tarek

“Since the end of my trial, I’ve been asked repeatedly about particular aspects of my case. Rather than respond to each individual inquirer, I figured it to be more practical to address those points publicly so that the general public may also be aware of some of the background information often buried under headlines: Yes, […]

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WBUR | “Sudbury Man Found Guilty Of Conspiring To Help Al-Qaida” by David Boeri

Sudbury Man Found Guilty Of Conspiring To Help Al-Qaida BY WBUR NEWS & WIRE SERVICES Dec 20, 2011, 11:20 AM Audio media providing reporting and analysis, respectively from WBUR’s David Boeri, and from George Brown of Boston College Law school and Noah Feldman of Harvard Law School. via Sudbury Man Found Guilty Of Conspiring To […]

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NPR | “Mass. Man Convicted Of Conspiring To Help Al-Qaida” by the Associated Press

Mass. Man Convicted Of Conspiring To Help Al-Qaida by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS December 20, 2011, 05:36 pm ET BOSTON (AP) — A man who grew up in the Boston suburbs was convicted Tuesday of conspiring to help al-Qaida and plotting to kill U.S. soldiers in Iraq after a two-month trial in which jurors heard references […]

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New York Times | “Terror Suspect Is Convicted in Plot to Aid Al Qaeda” by Abby Goodnough

U.S. Citizen Is Convicted in Plot to Support Al Qaeda By ABBY GOODNOUGH Published: December 20, 2011 BOSTON — An American citizen from an upscale suburb here was convicted on Tuesday of conspiring to support Al Qaeda and of other terrorism charges. Federal prosecutors told the jury that Tarek Mehanna, 29, of Sudbury, traveled to […]

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Unjust Verdict Against Tarek Mehanna

All who have followed Tarek’s trial with a belief in the possibility of justice through the court system will be shocked to learn that today the jury found him guilty on all seven counts of the indictment. In the six weeks that the prosecution used to present its case, it presented no evidence linking Tarek […]

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Holmes & Co.: “Tarek Mehanna, Political Prisoner” by Rick Holmes

2011 December 20 by Rick Holmes I haven’t sat through every day of a trial since my cub reporter days, and ever since then I’ve tried not to second-guess a jury based on my own limited exposure to the evidence.  My resolve is sorely tested bytoday’s verdict finding Tarek Mehanna guilty on all counts. As I’ve argued before, […]

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