Posted at: 03/26/2014 11:07 AM
Updated at: 03/26/2014 12:13 PM
In this courtroom sketch Osama bin Laden's son-in-law, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, right, testifies at his trial March 19 in New York, on charges he conspired to kill Americans and aid al-Qaida as a spokesman for the terrorist group.
Photo: AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams
NEW YORK (AP) - A prosecutor says he hopes Wednesday's verdict in a New York courtroom will bring some measure of comfort to victims of al-Qaida.
A jury today convicted Osama bin Laden's son-in-law of conspiring to kill Americans, in his role as the terror group's spokesman following the 9/11 attacks. Sulaiman Abu Ghaith could face life in prison when he is sentenced in September.
In a statement, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said Abu Ghaith was "more than just Osama bin Laden's propaganda minister." He said he had used his position to "persuade others to pledge themselves to al-Qaida in the cause of murdering more Americans."
Abu Ghaith's attorney is promising to appeal. He says the judge rushed the verdict by warning jurors this morning that he might direct them to stay late if they weren't finished by 4:30 p.m. Attorney Stanley Cohen says the judge was sending a message to the jury that "this is a no-brainer."
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