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Jury ends 1st day deliberating in the Mehanna case – SF Chronicle

Upon hearing closing arguments in the trial of suspected terror supporter Tarek Mehanna, the jury was released and ended its first day deliberating, reported the San Francisco Chronicle on December 16, 2011.

According to the article, prosecutors argued in summations that Mehanna was someone

"who talked about waging violent jihad againd the United States for years, then took steps to realize his dream by traveling to Yemen to seek training in a terrorist camp so he could later go to Iraq to kill American soldiers."

In response, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Mehanna's attorneys argued that their client was an aspiring scholar who traveled to Yemen to seek out religious schools.  Moreover, Mehanna's attorneys stressed that his "on-line activities" were protected by the First Amendment. 

Prior to being released to deliberate, US District Judge George O'Toole Jr instructed the jury that "independently" advocating on behalf of Al-Qaida would not be enough to find Mehanna guilty of providing material support.  The article notes that Mehanna's attorney "told jurors that 'independent advocacy' is the most important phrase in the case against Mehanna."

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