MIAMI (AP) _ The debate over racial issues in jury selection for the Sears Tower terrorism case is resuming in a Miami courtroom.
A jury has been chosen to hear the third trial of six Miami men accused of plotting to destroy Chicago’s Sears Tower and bomb FBI offices in Miami and elsewhere, according to The Associated Press.
Twelve jurors plus six alternates were picked Tuesday. The process had been halted last week when defense lawyers claimed prosecutors were trying to exclude black jurors. The jury pool includes five blacks, including one alternate.
Many of the so-called “Liberty City Six” defendants are of Haitian descent. They are accused of plotting terror attacks with an FBI informant they thought was an al-Qaeda operative.
Two previous trials ended in mistrials, with a seventh man acquitted after the first trial.
Opening statements are scheduled for today.
The men each face 70 years in prison if convicted of four terrorism-related counts.
Pictured above is Sears Tower in Chicago.