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Judges consider Tarek Mehanna appeal

Lawyer claims jury prejudiced

Lawyers for a Sudbury man urged a federal Appeals Court on Tuesday to overturn his 2012 convictions for conspiring to kill American soldiers and for supporting Al Qaeda, arguing that the evidence brought by prosecutors was of such a volume and inflammatory nature that it prejudiced the jury.

“The purpose of the evidence was to frighten the jury, and it worked,” attorney Sabin Willett said in his oral argument, made before more than 50 family members and supporters of Tarek Mehanna at the John Joseph Moakley US Courthouse in South Boston.

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