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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 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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