by Little Baby Ginn
Fears of a mistrial were abated when the Holy Land Foundation jury reached a verdict after 19 days of deliberations. The verdict was immediately sealed until the case’s presiding judge, U.S. District Judge A. Joe Fish returns to town. The verdict will be read Monday morning.
The five Holy Land defendants, all but one a U.S. citizen, are accused of raising more than $12 million and wiring it to Palestinian charity committees, who prosecutors say were controlled by a terrorist group, Hamas.The trial highlighted the web of terrorist connections between Hamas, CAIR and other groups bankrolled or given seed money by the terrorist group. CAIR, in particular, long has tried to portray itself as the voice of "moderate" Muslims in the United States. CAIR was an unindicted co-conspirator in the trial.
Mustafaa Carroll, executive director of the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the Council of American-Islamic Relations, said that after two months of testimony and four weeks of deliberations, Holy Land organizers and their families have been anxiously waiting for resolution.
"It's really putting a lot of stress on the family," he said after the verdict was sealed. "It has been for some time."
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