Jury Deliberates in Sears Tower Terror Trial
Two previous trials ended in mistrials
CHICAGO - MARCH 12: The Sear's Tower (C) rises above the skyline on March 12, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. The building will be changing its name to the Willis Tower after London-based insurance broker Willis Group Holdings moves into the building. The building, once the tallest in the world, was built in the 1970s to house the offices of the then largest retailer in the world Sears, Roebuck & Co. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
MIAMI -- A federal jury in is deliberating the fate of six men charged with plotting to destroy Chicago's Sears Tower and bomb FBI offices around the country.
The 12-person jury got the case Monday after a two-month trial. Two previous trials of the so-called "Liberty City Six" ended in mistrials when juries could not reach unanimous verdicts. One man was acquitted but is being deported to Haiti.
The men were arrested in June 2006 on charges of plotting with al-Qaida to blow up the Sears Tower and attack FBI offices in an attempt to topple the U.S. government. Defense attorneys say terrorist talk recorded on FBI tapes was not serious and the men wanted only money.
Each of the six face 70 years in prison if convicted.
Published at 5:25 AM CDT on Jul 14, 2009
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