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Jury could begin deliberations in Fort Dix case today

Inquirer staff writer Troy Graham reports:

The defense and prosecution will continue their war of words this morning, as the attorneys present their final arguments to the jurors in the Fort Dix trial. The arguments could wrap up by the end of the day, and the jurors could begin their deliberations on the fate of the five foreign-born Muslims accused of plotting an attack on the Army base.

Yesterday, the two sides battled over the meaning of hundreds of the defendants' conversations secretly recorded by two FBI informants. The prosecution pointed to the numerous times the men talked about mounting an attack, while the defense turned to those moments when the defendants demurred and delayed on making any serious plans.

The five could face life in prison if convicted of the most serious charges of conspiracy and attempted murder of U.S. soldiers.

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