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Defense says Mehanna evolved from immaturity – Boston Globe

According to a December 2, 2011 article in the Boston Globe, J.W. Carney Jr., an attorney for suspected terror supporter Tarek Mehanna, attempted to establish that Mehanna "grew from an immature radical into a budding scholar."

According to the article, during the cross-examination of Kareem Abuzahra,

"Carney sought to show that Mehanna evolved from his immaturity into a young, committed student who cited classical texts and Islamic laws whenever making personal decisions or commenting on the definition of jihad, or holy war."

Citing one of Mehanna's writings entitled "Anger: 10 Ways to Defeat It," Carney argued that Mehanna focused on "willpower and other emotions" as he grew older.  Additionally, the article went on to note that Abuzahra admitted on cross-examination that Mehanna had never explicitly stated that he went to Yemen to seek military training. 

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