Jurors Want To Reveiw Evidence
NEW YORK (AP) _ The possibility of a quick verdict in the second World Trade Center bombing trial seemed to disappear almost as soon as deliberations began Thursday after three months of testimony and arguments.
The jury had not been in the courthouse for more than 30 minutes when it sent its first note to U.S. District Judge Kevin Duffy asking for much of the evidence against one of the defendants, 26-year-old Eyad Ismoil.
During more than four hours of deliberations, the jury sent several notes requesting evidence _ including letters written by Ismoil to various people, line-up pictures of co-defendant Ramzi Yousef and photographs of the remains of the van that carried the bomb _ plus the reading of the testimony of four witnesses.
``I think everyone thinks jury deliberations are easy. They are not. They are not at all,″ Duffy said as the jurors asked to be excused for the day shortly after 4 p.m.
Ismoil allegedly drove the bomb into the Trade Center on Feb. 26, 1993 just before it exploded, killing six people and injuring more than 1,000 others.
He is on trial with Yousef, who was portrayed by prosecutors as the architect of the terrorist event that he later viewed as a failure because it failed to kill the quarter million people he had targeted.
Four men already have been convicted of conspiracy in the bombing and each sentenced to 240 years in prison. One other man remains at large.