BOSTON (AP) – A judge has rejected a bid to dismiss parts of charges accusing a Massachusetts man of providing support to al-Qaida.
Lawyers for Tarek Mehanna argued in federal court Wednesday that many of the activities alleged by prosecutors amount to free speech protected by the First Amendment, including his translation of a publication entitled, “39 Ways to Serve and Participate in Jihad.”
A prosecutor argued that it is up to a jury to decide whether Mehanna’s activities were just constitutionally protected expressions of his beliefs or whether they demonstrate that he attempted to help a terrorist organization.
O’Toole rejected the motion to dismiss the allegations, saying it was premature, but said the defense could renew the motion during the trial.
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