Verdict: Tahawwur Rana Guilty on Two Counts

Update: Verdict: NOT GUILTY on Mumbai count, GUILTY on Copenhagen and Guilty on providing material support to LeT.

Clearly, the jury did not take David Headley's cooperating testimony at face value. The Government has helpfully put its trial exhibits online, so you can see the evidence the jury saw, including Rana's e-mails and some video clips of his uncounseled post-arrest statement. (Rana waived his right to an attorney.)


The jury has reached a verdict in the Chicago Terror trial of Tahawwur Hussein Rana, accused of conspiring with former DEA informant David Coleman Headley, aka Daood Gilani and others in the Mumbai bombings, providing material support to a planned terror attack in Denmark and providing material support to terror group LeT. [More...]

They began deliberating yesterday. Here's the Twitter feed for #RanaTrial.

The anonymous jury is comprised of ten women and eight African Americans. Rana was happy with the jury when it was picked.

"The idea here was to get a jury of Mr. Rana's peers and I believe that we got a jury of Mr. Rana's peers. People who can understand Mr. Rana's position as an immigrant. People who can understand Mr. Rana's position as a minority in his community, Mr. Rana's position as a businessman and as a family member," said [defense attorney Charles] Swift.
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    by diogenes on Thu Jun 09, 2011 at 08:17:15 PM EST
    "Clearly, the jury did not take David Headley's cooperating testimony at face value."

    All that is clear is that the jury did not find the face value of David Headley's cooperating testimony to be sufficient to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt for a conspiracy charge.  That's a hazard of cooperating testimony, especially for something amorphous like conspiracy.  The jury was quite willing to find Rana guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of more concrete "providing material support" charges in two other terror cases.