Conviction in Lodi Terrorist Trial
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April 26, 2006, 08:27 PM
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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, was 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 consistently described Lodi`s Pakistani community as fearful of violent repercussions against it. But no incidents occured. As far as I could tell, Pakistanis went about their business normally.