In another loss of the Bush Administration, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit overturned the convictions of Sheik Mohammed Ali Al-Moayad and Mohammed Mohsen Zayed. Ironically, when the decision came down, I was speaking at Cleveland State College of Law on the dismal record of the Bush Administration in prosecuting terrorism cases. This case is another example of how the Justice Department has undermined its own cases with poor quality and sensational tactics.
The Yemeni cleric and his deputy were prejudiced by inflammatory testimony about unrelated terrorism links including testimony from a Scottish students about a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv unrelated to the alleged crimes. Al-Moayad, 60, was sentenced to 75 years in prison. Zayed, 34, were sentenced to 45 years each.
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