Sunday, March 02, 2003

New Jersey Handled 62 International Terrorism Cases

Last year. Wow! Scary! I wonder why we didn't hear more about them. No, wait, no I don't.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey prosecutors say they handled 62 "international terrorism" indictments last year - but of those, all but two involved Middle Eastern students accused of paying impostors to take English tests for them, according to a newspaper analysis.

Nearly all of the accused students are free on bond. Nine have already been convicted, and most of those have been fined between $250 and $1,000 and sent back to their own countries, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Sunday.

"There is not one whit of evidence that connects any of these people to terrorism," said Lawrence S. Lustberg, who represents 25 Saudi students charged with hiring others to take their tests.

I'm happy that they looked at these students, but comeon - there's no evidence they're terrorists.