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In brief: Chicago man cleared of terrorism

Fri., June 10, 2011

CHICAGO – A federal jury convicted a Chicago businessman on Thursday of helping plot an attack against a Danish newspaper that printed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad but cleared him of the most serious terrorism charge accusing him of cooperating in the deadly 2008 rampage in Mumbai.

The jury reached its split verdict after two days of deliberations, finding Tahawwur Rana guilty of providing material support to terrorism in Denmark and to the Pakistani militant group that had claimed responsibility for the three-day siege in India’s largest city that left more than 160 people dead, including six Americans.

The jurors, who were not identified in court, declined to talk to the media to explain their decision, which defense attorneys described as conflicting. Rana, a Canadian national who has lived in Chicago for years, faces up to 30 years in prison on the two charges.

“We’re extremely disappointed. We think they got it wrong,” defense attorney Patrick Blegen told reporters.

Two convicted of killing editor

SAN FRANCISCO – A jury Thursday convicted two men of first-degree murder in the slaying of Oakland Post Editor Chauncey Bailey, who was gunned down on a downtown street in broad daylight nearly four years ago in an effort to thwart his investigation into the finances of a business run by one of the defendants.

Yusuf Bey IV, 25, was convicted of ordering the murder of the 57-year-old Bailey, the first U.S. journalist killed over a domestic story since Don Bolles of the Arizona Republic died in a car bombing in 1976.

Bey IV was running Oakland’s Your Black Muslim Bakery, a once-prominent Bay Area institution founded by his father that gave jobs to former prisoners. The confessed triggerman in Bailey’s death was bakery handyman Devaughndre Brousard.

The jury Thursday also convicted Antoine Mackey, 25, on first-degree murder charges for killing Wills and helping Broussard kill Bailey.


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