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US Jury Hears Closing Arguments in Trial of Alleged Benghazi Attack Organizer

A jury heard closing arguments Thursday in the federal government’s case against Ahmed Abu Khatallah, who is accused of conspiring to organize the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. Khatallah, the first defendant to face criminal charges in connection with the Benghazi attack, is on trial for 18 counts, including murder and providing material support to terrorists. He has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges. He was captured in 2014 by U.S. military and…

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Jury again says it’s deadlocked at senator’s bribery trial

AP Photo/Julio Cortez NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The jury at Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez’s federal bribery trial said it remained deadlocked Thursday after more than six full days of deliberations, and the judge weighed a defense request for a mistrial. U.S. District Judge Williams Walls and attorneys from both sides began interviewing jurors in the judge’s chambers, with the senator’s fate hanging in the balance. It was the second time in four days that the jury said it was unable to reach a unanimous … Read the referenced┬ástory here: Jury…

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Jury Deadlocked in Bribery Trial of Democratic Senator Menendez

A juror in the bribery trial of U.S. Democratic Senator Bob Menendez has told the judge the panel is deadlocked. The judge told the jury to go home and resume deliberations Tuesday, dismissing the prosecution’s request that they stay and keep talking. “Clearly there are jurors who believe in my innocence,” Menendez told reporters outside the Newark, New Jersey courtroom. He urged those who think he is innocent not let themselves be coerced in changing their minds. The New Jersey Democrat is on trial for allegedly taking gifts from a…

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Jury deciding sentence for abusive Marine drill instructor

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A Marine Corps jury on Friday is deciding whether a drill instructor should be sentenced to military prison time for choking, punching and otherwise tormenting recruits, especially Muslims, one of whom eventually hurled himself to his death down a stairwell. The eight-man jury at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, also could sentence Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Felix to financial penalties and a dishonorable discharge. The jury on Thursday convicted the 34-year-old Iraq veteran of maltreatment of recruits at the Marine Corps’ Parris Island, … Read the referenced┬ástory here:…

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