Residents in my hometown of Lodi, CA. are surprised that a local man, U.S. citizen Hamid Hayat, was convicted on charges
of lying to the F.B.I. about attending an al-Queda sponsored camp in Pakistan. Local coverage of the trial had suggested that the government`s presentation was weak. And a juror dismissed earlier in the year said that she felt the government had not made its case.
Nevertheless, Hayat who is expected to appeal, faces up to 37-years in jail.
The case against Hayat`s 48-year-old U.S. citizen father, Umer, w
as declared a mistrial with the jury "decisively deadlocked."
Whether there will be a second trail or not is unclear.
Throughout the case, the mainstream media c
onsistently described Lodi`s Pakistani community
of violent repercussions against it. But no incidents occured. As far as I could tell, Pakistanis went about their business normally