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|Posted Friday, February 1, 2008
|Man acquitted in terrorism conspiracy case was nevertheless
being deported to Haiti
The Bush administration was so eager to make a high-profile terrorism case that paid
FBI informants were used to trump up evidence against six men accused of plotting to
destroy Chicago's Sears Tower and bomb FBI offices, a defense attorney said Friday as the
group's retrial began.
The first trial of the "Liberty City Seven" - so named because of the
impoverished Miami neighborhood where the lived - ended in December in a hung jury for six
defendants and the acquittal of a seventh. That man was nevertheless being deported to
Haiti because of the accusations. Several jurors in the first case called the government's
Ana M. Jhones, an attorney for alleged ringleader Narseal Batiste, told the new,
racially mixed jury of seven men and five women that the FBI agents and prosecutors sought
to build a case at any cost against the men from Miami's impoverished Liberty City
"This was about desperation - desperation to justify something that never
happened," Jhones said in her opening statement in the case involving the men, most
of whom have ties to Haiti. "We have a fabrication, a setup, of six young black men
from Liberty City."
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