Six Miami men who survived two mistrials will be tried for a third time on terrorism charges, says the Miami Herald. The jury foreman in the retrial that deadlocked last week questioned the prosecution’s decision to retry the Liberty City defendants again, saying it would probably lead to a third mistrial. They were mainly charged with conspiring to assist al Qaeda in a government sting operation.
Prosecutor Richard Gregorie said the U.S. attorney’s office decided to pursue the third trial because the ringleader, Narseal Batiste, was a dangerous man whose mission was to ”kill all the devils” in a war against the United States — beginning with the destruction of the Sears Tower in Chicago, then FBI buildings. The jury foreman in the second trial, who did not want to be identified, said the prosecution’s conspiracy case wasn’t strong enough and that jurors would likely deadlock again on their fate. ”I’m in disbelief they are going for a third trial,” said the foreman. The foreman said the basic problem with the government’s case was the lack of evidence to prove all six defendants had the will to carry out a terrorism plot , noting investigators found no explosives, weapons, ammunition or terrorist blueprints on them after their arrests in 2006.