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California man challenges terrorism conviction

April 30, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California man is challenging his high-profile terrorism conviction, alleging the discovery of new evidence and that his trial attorney offered inadequate representation.

Lawyers for Hamid Hayat asked a federal court Wednesday to toss out his conviction and release him or give him a new trial. A jury deliberated for 10 days before convicting Hayat in 2006 of attending a terrorism training camp in Pakistan and then returning to his Lodi, Calif., home with plans to wage violent jihad in the United States. A divided federal appeals court panel of three judges upheld his conviction and 24-year prison sentence.

His lawyers say new evidence shows the terrorism training camp to be closed during Hayat’s alleged training period. They also allege his trial attorney was too inexperienced to properly defend him.

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