2014-10-06T141248Z_1_LYNXNPEA950KU_RTROPTP_2_USA-COURT-TERM

Supreme Court declines to review Massachusetts man's al Qaeda support conviction

A general view of the U.S. Supreme Court building at sunrise is seen in WashingtonBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a Massachusetts man’s appeal of his 2011 conviction on charges of supporting the Islamic militant group al Qaeda. The court turned down Tarek Mehanna’s appeal of his 2012 conviction, which was based on various activities including a trip to Yemen in 2004 in which he sought military training and his work translating pro-al Qaeda documents from Arabic into English. Mehanna argued that his translation activities were protected free speech under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. …

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