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US: Former Prosecutor Crossed Line in Terror Case
(2007-10-30)
(wgvu) - DETROIT (AP) - A government attorney says a former federal
prosecutor and an ex-State Department investigator broke the law
themselves to win convictions in the nation's first major terrorism
trial after Nine Eleven.
Eileen Gleason delivered the government's closing argument today
in Detroit in the case against Richard Convertino and Harry Smith
the Third. They have pleaded not guilty to charges of obstruction
of justice, making false declarations before a court and
conspiracy.
Convertino's lawyer William Sullivan described his client as a
hardworking prosecutor who was trying to bust a terrorist cell and
shouldn't be on trial.
Convertino and Smith in 2003 helped convict two north African
immigrants. But the convictions were overturned because of
government misconduct.
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