Jury selected for ex-professor's terrorism trial

[JURIST] Lawyers Thursday finalized a pool of 12 jurors and 10 alternates for the trial of former University of South Florida computer science professor and Palestinian human right activist Sami Al-Arian [defense website, Wikipedia profile; United Faculty of Florida backgrounder] on charges that he financed terrorism [JURIST report]. The defense had originally asked for a change of venue [AP report] from Tampa, claiming that local media coverage and politics had tainted the jury pool, but questioning produced 89 candidates from which a satisfactory jury was chosen. Opening arguments are scheduled for June 6. AP has more.

 

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