Jury begins deliberations in Sears Tower terror plot case

December 3, 2007 18:32


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Jurors began deliberations Monday on the fate of seven men charged with conspiring to destroy Chicago's Sears Tower and blow up FBI offices in an attempt to start an anti-government insurrection. The US charges that 33-year-old Narseal Batiste led a homegrown terrorist cell hoping to get help from a man claiming to be an al-Qaida operative - in reality an FBI informant. "This is the fanatic, ladies and gentlemen, and the soldiers who follow his word," said Assistant US Attorney Richard Gregorie. Batiste said he was only trying to cheat the informant out of money, and defense attorneys have said little evidence ties the six other defendants to the alleged plot.

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