Ex-professor calls no witnesses to defend against US terror charges

[JURIST] Lawyers for Sami Al-Arian [advocacy website], the former Florida college professor charged by the US government with aiding and abetting Palestinian terrorists, rested their case Thursday without calling a single witness to refute the five months of prosecution testimony. Al-Arian's lawyer called the prosecution an "all-out assault on the First Amendment" and then rested his case. Al-Arian was indicted [PDF text; JURIST report] in 2003 on 50 counts, including charges of conspiracy to commit terrorism. Al-Arian, 47, taught computer science at the University of South Florida [official website], until being fired shortly after his indictment [JURIST report]. AP has more. The Tampa Bay Tribune has local coverage.

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