Court rules against al-Qaida member, a US citizen

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court won't review the conviction of a Virginia man for joining al-Qaida and plotting to assassinate then-President George W. Bush.

The court said today that it'll let stand the conviction of Ahmed Omar Abu Ali. That's despite a finding by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., that his civil rights were violated when a judge allowed jurors, but not Abu Ali, to see classified evidence against him.

He was sentenced to 30 years in prison, but the appeals court ordered a new sentencing hearing after ruling that the trial judge ignored federal sentencing guidelines that called for life in prison.

Abu Ali was born in Houston but grew up in the Washington suburb of Falls Church, Va. He was valedictorian of a private Islamic high school and joined al-Qaida after traveling to Saudi Arabia to attend college in 2002.

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