The jury in the trial of a Saudi graduate student accused of using the Internet to foster terrorism told the judge Wednesday that it had reached verdicts on some counts but was deadlocked on others.
The jury announced the impasse on its sixth day of deliberations in the case against Sami Omar Hussayen, 34, a PhD candidate in computer science at the University of Idaho. U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge said the jury did not identify which of the 14 counts were unresolved.
The judge proposed to give the jury additional instructions to try to end the impasse, and Hussayen's defense team was looking it over.
Hussayen is charged with creating and running Web sites that were used to finance and recruit terrorists for various groups, including the Islamic Resistance Movement, known as Hamas. He also is accused of visa fraud and making false statements.
He was charged under a provision of the USA Patriot Act that makes it a crime to provide expert advice or assistance to terrorists.
His attorneys insisted that extremist writings posted on those sites did not reflect Hussayen's views, and that the material was protected under the First Amendment anyway. They have pointed out that as a leader of the Muslim community in Moscow, Idaho, Hussayen publicly denounced the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
Hussayen is a member of a prominent Saudi family whose education was being financed by the Saudi government. His wife and three sons returned to Saudi Arabia early this year.