Lawyers for a man sentenced to 17 1/2 years in prison for translating al-Qaeda materials on the Web argued to overturn the conviction, saying prosecutors improperly frightened the jury with images of the Sept. 11 attacks.
P. Sabin Willett, an attorney for Tarek Mehanna, told a U.S. Court of Appeals in Boston today that prosecution references to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York were "overwhelmingly prejudicial” to the jury.
Jurors saw 28 images of the towers’ collapse and heard mention of videos of five beheadings by Islamic radicals, while Osama Bin Laden, the deceased al-Qaeda leader,
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