The case against Sami Al-Arian, 47, had been seen as one of the biggest courtroom tests yet of the Patriot Act's expanded search-and-surveillance powers.Days worth of wiretaps and they couldn't convince a jury to convict on anything. And people wonder why the 9/11 Commission won't give them a passing grade.
Two co-defendants, Sameeh Hammoudeh and Ghassan Zayed Ballut, were acquitted of all charges. A third, Hatem Naji Fariz, was found not guilty on 24 counts, and jurors deadlocked on the remaining eight.
The U.S. Justice Department had no immediate comment.
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