MIAMI (AP) - Closing arguments have ended in the third trial for
six South Florida men facing terrorism charges.
A 12-member jury heard 15 hours worth of closing arguments form
prosecution and defense attorneys over Thursday and Friday. The jury is scheduled to begin deliberations on Monday.
Prosecutors say the Haitian-born men known as the Liberty City Six pledged allegiance to al-Qaida and Osama Bin Laden and planned to blow up Chicago's Sears Tower, New York City's Empire State Building, Miami's U.S. courthouses and FBI offices and courthouses
in a jihad mission to destroy the United States. Defense attorneys say they were just "dirt poor" men who pretended to be terrorists or supporters to scam $50,000 from two men they thought were working for Bin Laden.
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