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An article over the weekend by reporter Rick Schmitt in the Los Angeles Times includes this insight about Sami Al-Hussayen’s acquittal on terrorism charges:

“The verdicts point up a little-known reality of the Justice Department’s war on terror since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001: While it has won scores of highly publicized guilty pleas in terror-related cases, often by dropping the most serious charges, its courtroom record is mixed.”

The Times article goes on to point out, “The Justice Department has taken only two other major terror-related cases to trial since the 9/11 attacks, and at least some defendants have been acquitted in each.”

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

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