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Mehanna defense hits prosecutors – Boston Globe

According to a December 16, 2011 article in the Boston Globe, in the on-going case of suspected terror supporter Tarek Mehanna, prosecutors and defense attorneys clashed over a defense request to use a special verdict form.  According to the Boston Globe, the form

"Would have jurors record when delivering their verdict whether they thought Mehanna violated federal laws by translating documents in support of Al Qaeda, an issue the lawyers say the Supreme court has yet to address."

While prosecutors argued that there was no justification to "poll jurors," Mehanna's attorneys rebutted, stating that appellate courts are silent on whether the act of translating documents alone amount to a violation of the "material support" statute.  According to the article, US District Judge George A. O'Toole Jr. rejected the request for a special verdict form but stated that he would consider a defense request for a more detailed jury instruction for the crime of providing material support to a designated terrorist organization. 

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