Terror Charges

MIAMI (AP) -- Memories of the September Eleventh attacks are making it difficult for dozens of potential jurors to set aside their opinions when it comes to the case against alleged al-Qaida operative Jose Padilla.

One man said on a juror questionnaire that he believed Padilla and his two co-defendants were guilty and cited only one reason: "9-11."

The date of the al-Qaida suicide hijackings that killed nearly three-thousand is peppered throughout the more than 440 detailed questionnaires returned by potential jurors.

The former Chicago gang member and his co-defendants are accused of being part of a North American support cell that funneled recruits and money to Islamic extremists.

One woman in the jury pool said that after 9-11 it would be difficult to not think they are guilty.

The trial is scheduled to begin in Miami on April 16th.


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