U.S. faces decision after second mistrial in terrorism case

April 17, 2008 6:58:49 AM PDT
The Bush administration has failed again to convict six Miami men accused of plotting terrorism attacks against Chicago's Sears tower and FBI offices. A federal judge in Miami yesterday declared a second mistrial in the case because jurors could not agree on verdicts. The first trial ended in December in a hung jury for the six men, and a seventh was acquitted.

The question now is whether the Justice Department and U.S. Attorney's Office in Miami will try the man a third time or abandon the case.

A hearing is set for next week to determine what happens next. Prosecutors say that's when they'll announce whether they'll pursue a third trial.

Defense attorneys say they'll seek bail for all six men, who have been in custody since June 2006.


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