The title of the Newsday story reads: Letters tell an alternate story in Fort Dix case
Curious? What story might that be? The letters haven’t been released so the reader is left to guess. Here’s ours:
He’s a good boy. He’s never been in trouble before. They weren’t really going to kill any U.S. soldiers. Jihad is an inner struggle. They were set up. It’s all a big misunderstanding. The jury is racist. You’re an Islamophobe. The formerly war on terror is really an unjust war on all Muslims. The video of the convicted terror plotters in camouflage firing weapons as if in a war zone, that was just kids having fun, on a freezing, snow filled, winter day.
Meanwhile, note the respect, or lack thereof, for U.S. law or process by some who actually believe enough letters will overturn a guilty jury verdict. Of course it could just be a ploy to influence the judge to issue a lighter sentence.Will the judge be swayed? (update below)
MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. – Relatives of five men convicted last year of plotting to kill military personnel are still professing their innocence.
Family members have been writing letters to a federal judge in Camden, asking him to overrule the jury’s verdict.
Their lawyers are expected to make similar pleas in court Thursday. It will be the first court appearance for the men since December, when a jury found them guilty of plotting to kill military personnel but acquitted them on attempted murder charges.
Government lawyers say the men may have been targeting soldiers at Fort Dix.
The men could face life in prison if the verdicts stand. All are Muslim immigrants age 30 and younger who lived for years in the Philadelphia suburb of Cherry Hill.
A judge upheld the guilty verdicts on Thursday of five Muslim immigrants convicted of plotting to massacre U.S. soldiers, ruling the government provided ample evidence. U.S. District Judge Robert Kugler’s decision angered several of the convicted men and their family members, who began shouting “Allah akbar” — Arabic for “God is great” — as the men were led from the courtroom.