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Summarize the case of U.S. v. Narseal Batiste. Why was there a mistrial in the early court proceedings?

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This case involved the trial of Narseal Batiste on terrorism charges after he and his group allegedly planned a terrorist attack and attempted to purchase weapons from undercover FBI agents.

There were actually three trials, the first two of which ended in jury deadlocks and mistrials.  The government had a...

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This case involved the trial of Narseal Batiste on terrorism charges after he and his group allegedly planned a terrorist attack and attempted to purchase weapons from undercover FBI agents.

There were actually three trials, the first two of which ended in jury deadlocks and mistrials.  The government had a difficult time convincing a jury that the plot was real and that the group had any direct al-Qaeda ties.  Some jury members later stated that they believed the case was entrapment by the FBI team.

The third trial did reach a verdict on Batiste, which was a conviction on all four counts.  He was sentenced to 162 months in prison.

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