Thursday afternoon, U.S. District Judge Jean Lenard declared a mistrial after the 12 person jury failed to reach a verdict on six of the seven defendants. Only 32 year old defendant Lyglenson Lemorin was acquitted.
The federal government will likely retry the other six defendants including ringleader Narseal Batiste.
Thing is -- the government should give up. Now.
Not only is the case built on sand....as New Times columnist Bob Norman recently showed, the two informants are gutter scum...but the alleged crimes of this group aren't crimes at all. They are just blather.
We are far enough away from the 2001 bombings that the lessons are learned -- at least by the general populace. The Bush administration -- and new attorney general Michael Mukasey should acknowledge this by dropping the prosecution of these six bozos once and for all.
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