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Posted Thursday, January 3, 2008
Defense fears terrorism retrial won't be fair to 6 Liberty City defendants

Defense lawyers for six men facing a second trial in Miami on charges of plotting to attack FBI offices claim there are signs the deck is being stacked against them.

The defense attorneys said the presiding judge's decision to keep jurors anonymous and partly sequestered could make the panel more likely to convict. And federal prosecutors intend to introduce new evidence against the group's alleged ringleader portraying him as a Muslim fanatic.

The judge agreed at a hearing Thursday to ask jurors two questions about the tight security arrangements but would go no further.

Jury selection begins Monday. The six men are from Miami's impoverished Liberty City neighborhood. Another jury last month acquitted one man and split on the guilt or innocence of the other six, leading to a mistrial.

Immigration authorities are holding the man who was acquitted in Georgia. He faces deportation to his native Haiti despite the innocent verdicts. He could also be the first to testify for the defense in the second trial.

Previous Stories: December 21, 2007: Judge: U.S. Should Not Quickly Deport Man Cleared In 'Liberty City 7' Trial December 13, 2007: Jurors Deadlock In 6 Of 'Liberty City 7' Defendants

Copyright 2008 by NBC6.net The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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