Jury in US Hamas trial suffering 'mental fatigue'

Jurors in the trial of two men charged with furnishing money and fresh recruits to Hamas terrorists said they are overworked and are cutting their work hours. "We have taken very few breaks," the jurors said Thursday in a note to US District Judge Amy J. St. Eve who is presiding at the trial, described when the indictment was made public as a step in the war on terrorism. Jurors said in the note that they are suffering from "mental fatigue." Former Chicago grocer Muhammad Salah, 53, and Abdelhaleem Ashqar, 48, a former assistant business professor at Washington's Howard University, are charged with racketeering conspiracy and other offenses.