Appeals court upholds Pa. man's terror conviction
SCRANTON, Pa. - March 23, 2010 -- An appeals court has upheld the conviction of a northeastern Pennsylvania man found guilty of trying to help al-Qaida terrorists blow up fuel pipelines and refineries in the United States.
The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in an opinion filed Thursday that the issues raised by 51-year-old Michael Curtis Reynolds were "meritless." He had alleged insufficient evidence, misstated facts and false testimony, malicious prosecution and lack of a speedy trial.
Reynolds, formerly of Wilkes-Barre, was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison in November 2007 after he was convicted of providing material support to terrorists, soliciting a crime of violence and explosives counts.
Reynolds was arrested after authorities said he tried to meet a purported al-Qaida contact near his Idaho motel. He said he had been trying to root out terrorists on the Internet.
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