The judicial saga of men who came to be known as "The Liberty Six" reached what may be the beginning of the end today. After two mistrials, and a total bill that cost taxpayers over $10 million, five of the men were convicted. Another was acquitted.
The men were charged with plotting with al Queda to blow up the Sear Tower in Chicago, FBI offices in North Miami Beach, and other buildings.
Narseal Batiste was convicted for conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization; provide material support to terrorists; destroy buildings with explosives; and levy war against the U.S. government in a seditious act. Four other men were convicted on the support charges, and Naudimar Herrera was accquited. Previously, a seventh defendent had been accquited. Batiste faces up to 70 years in prison.
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The men were arrested in June of 2006. Their attorneys said the terrorist talk was never serious, and that the men only wanted money.