Terror trial goes to jury

We have been following the terror trial involving the two Minnesota Somali women who were raising money for Al-Shabab in Rochester, Minnesota. The case against them was submitted to the jury late yesterday in federal district court in Minneapolis.

Reporter Allie Shah provides the customary Star Tribune perspective: if the Somali women are not acquitted, Somalis in Minnesota and elsewhere will think ill of us. They apparently aren’t too concerned about issues of legal compliance, or about what the rest of us will think of them.

The ringleader and her codefendant stand accused of providing material support to a designated terrorist organization, Al-Shabab, an al Qaeda affiliate. The ringleader has a helluva defense. She wasn’t supporting Al-Shabab or terrorism, she was supporting Islam! Any resemblance to the crimes charged is just a coincidence, or something.