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BREAKING NEWS ~ Bush assassination plotter sentenced to 30 years

[JURIST] AP is reporting that Ahmed Omar Abu Ali [JURIST news archive] has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for joining al Qaeda and plotting to assassinate President Bush [PDF indictment]. Abu Ali faced a possible life sentence following his conviction [JURIST report] last November.

Abu Ali's sentencing had been delayed [JURIST report] to give lawyers in the case time to investigate whether evidence against Abu Ali had been obtained through warrantless domestic surveillance [JURIST news archive]. AP has more.

6:55 PM ET - The US Department of Justice has released a statement [PDF] on the sentence, calling it "strong punishment for the defendant's egregious crimes."

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