In a major defeat for law enforcement officials, a jury in Florida failed to return guilty verdicts Tuesday on any of 51 criminal counts against a former Florida professor and three co-defendants accused of operating a North American front for Palestinian terrorists.This continues the Bush administration's near perfect record on criminal convictions in terrorism cases (I think they managed to get convictions against one or two people, and a few guilty pleas).
The former professor, Sami al-Arian, a fiery advocate for Palestinian causes who became a lightning rod for criticism nationwide over his vocal anti-Israeli stances, was found not guilty on eight criminal counts related to terrorist support, perjury and immigration violations.
The jury deadlocked on the remaining nine counts against him after deliberating for 13 days, and it did not return any guilty verdicts against the three other defendants in the case.
They're the Detroit Tigers of counter-terrorism.
On a related note, there's a deal to extend the Patriot Act, for all the good it's done.