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What could it mean?

Scott McKay, left, Chuck Peterson and David Nevin, defense attorneys for Sami Omar Al-Hussayen, discuss the latest developments in the case just after the jury announced that it’s reached a unanimous verdict on some of the counts, but is at an impasse on the rest. Nevin said, “It’s always interesting to try to imagine what the process is, and my experience over the years is you can try all you want. … We really just have to wait and see.”

U.S. Attorney for Idaho Tom Moss, whose office is handling the prosecution in the case, had a similar reaction as he left the courtroom. “I don’t think it tells us anything,” Moss said.

The judge sent the jurors back to deliberate further, and ordered them not to disclose to anyone – including the court – which counts they’ve resolved and which are still pending. But a question jurors submitted to the court this morning, asking about federal regulations regarding student certification on immigration forms, suggests the jury is debating about the immigration charges, which consist of seven charges of visa fraud and four of false statements. They may already have reached a verdict on the three terrorism charges.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

Named best state-based political blog in Idaho for 2013 by The Fix

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