Jury Ends Deliberation In Sears Tower Terrorism Case

(AP) -- A jury in Miami has ended deliberations for the day in the second trial of six men accused of plotting to destroy Chicago's Sears Tower and bomb FBI offices.

Jurors deliberated for about four hours today. They'll return on Monday.

Prosecutors claim dozens of FBI recordings prove alleged ringleader Narseal Batiste (nar-SEAL' bah-TEEST') and his followers wanted to use the attacks to start an anti-government war.

Defense lawyers say Batiste was faking interest in terrorism to con $50,000 out of an FBI informant posing as an al-Qaida operative.

The first trial in the so-called "Liberty City Seven" case ended in a mistrial in December for six suspects and the acquittal of one. The six still on trial face up to 70 years if convicted on four terrorism-related conspiracy charges.


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