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Accused Al Qaeda supporter’s defense rests

Free speech is key issue, lawyer says

By Milton J. Valencia
Globe Staff / December 15, 2011
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After 31 days of testimony, the defense team for accused terrorism supporter Tarek Mehanna rested its case yesterday, saying it has proved that the Sudbury man was not the Al Qaeda sympathizer as alleged. The jury in US District Court could begin deliberating the case Friday afternoon, following what are bound to be dramatic closing statements from the defense and from prosecutors.

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