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US Supreme Court to consider hearing Sudbury man’s terror case

Tarek Mehanna.Sudbury Police Department via AP/file 2009

The US Supreme Court will consider at a conference committee on Sept. 29 whether to hear the case of Tarek Mehanna, the Sudbury man convicted of terrorism.

Mehanna was convicted in 2011 in federal court in Boston of multiple counts of supporting terrorism, though his lawyers argued he was prosecuted for expressing his own beliefs protected by the First Amendment. He was sentenced to 17-and-a-half years in prison, and the First Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the conviction last year.

His lawyers petitioned the high court to hear the case.

Milton J. Valencia can be reached at milton.valencia@globe.com.