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Judge delays trial of Triangle terrorism suspects

Posted June 11, 2010

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— A federal judge on Friday postponed the trial date for seven Triangle men accused of terrorist activities until September 2011.

Daniel Patrick Boyd, 39, his sons, Dylan Boyd, 22, and Zakariya "Zak" Boyd, 20, and four other men – Hysen Sherifi, 24, Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan, 22, Ziyad Yaghi, 21, and Anes Subasic, 33 – were indicted in July on charges that they plotted to murder, kidnap, maim and injure people overseas.

An eighth suspect, Jude Kenan Mohammad, 20, is believed to be in Pakistan.

Daniel Boyd and Sherifi also are charged with planning an attack on the Marine Corps base in Quantico, Va.

The trial had been scheduled to start on Sept. 27, but Chief U.S. District Judge Louise Flanagan decided to delay the trial to Sept. 19, 2011, after several defendants asked for more time to prepare for trial.

Defense attorneys have complained that the evidence turned over by prosecutors is very disorganized. They also said the volume of the evidence in the case – the FBI taped about 750 hours of conversations between the men and seized about two dozen computers – and the fact that they need to interview witnesses overseas necessitated a delay in the trial.

"This terrorism prosecution has revealed itself as so unusual and complex due to the nature of the prosecution and the existence of novel questions of fact and law that, under the circumstances now presented, it is unreasonable to expect adequate preparation for pretrial proceedings or for the trial itself within the time limits established by the (Speedy Trial) Act," Flanagan wrote in her ruling.

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  • nanasix Jun 11, 2010

    What happened to defendants being entitled to a speedy trial?
    The sooner this is done the better, then they can concentrate on
    others doing the same thing..right here in our state.

  • meBNme Jun 11, 2010

    What on earth does the neighborhood have to do with it?

  • nerdlywehunt Jun 11, 2010

    I want to know which neighborhoods they lived in. Time we all did our part looking over the shoulders and keeping eyes out for these animals.

  • gmarcum Jun 11, 2010

    Put them all against the wall without a trial.

  • kebsmom Jun 11, 2010

    I am sorry they are not prepared, not. By 2011 it will be less in everyone's mind so they will definitely get let go by some forgetful jury. Wake up people!

  • iworkandpaytaxes Jun 11, 2010

    I suppose this is what we get when they treat acts of war like a criminal prosecution.

    Turn them over to the Military and let them deal with them.

    Oh the September 10, 2001 mentality is in play now.
    TomLynda
    June 11, 2010 4:07 p.m.

    I call it the August 6th 2001 mentality. Just let me know when 3000+ people die again from incompetence.

  • Tax Man Jun 11, 2010

    Could we start this trial on September 11???? I just hope all these terrorists remain in jail awaiting trial - at least we know where they are and what they are up to! We could actually transfer them to the brig at a US Marine Base to hold them until the trial!

  • blackdog Jun 11, 2010

    Iran or North Korea would let the military handle them. They don't have a Constitution or Bill of Rights like we do.

  • TomLynda Jun 11, 2010

    I suppose this is what we get when they treat acts of war like a criminal prosecution.

    Turn them over to the Military and let them deal with them.

    Oh the September 10, 2001 mentality is in play now.

  • smegma Jun 11, 2010

    and you wonder why our tax dollars are wasted and our prisons are full