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News Roundup for July 8, 2011

A Brooklyn man was convicted today on terror charges for conspiring to travel overseas and join militants fighting U.S. soldiers. Betim Kaziu, 23, is an American-born son of Islamic immigrants from the former Yugoslavia, who said he felt stereotyped and wished to avenge what he saw as the persecution of Muslims by the United States. Kaziu faces a maximum of life in prison for the charges.

A man who authorities say is affiliated with the anti-government “sovereign citizen” movement was arrested for allegedly writing on an indictment issued against him. Donald E. Robinson was being indicted for filing false liens against the city of Boerne, Texas, and a police officer who had given him a traffic ticket. It is unclear what Robinson attempted to write in the indictment.

Authorities in North Dakota have revealed evidence that an accused murderer was planning to carry out a criminal act for the Aryan Nations. Investigators claim a witness heard Daniel Wacht say only two weeks before the alleged murder that he wished to carry out a bombing or a murder to raise the profile of the AN in the area. Wacht is currently charged with the murder and decapitation of a local college researcher; no motive has yet been discovered for the murder.

The leader of a fringe North Carolina religious group is facing charges of murdering two people. According to police, Peter Lucas Moses lived with a group of women, whom he considered his wives, and children, all of whom were to call him “Lord.” Moses is accused to shooting a 4-year-old boy dead because he thought the boy was gay, which was against the beliefs of the group. He’s also accused of shooting a 28-year-old woman who was killed because she could not have children and wished to leave the group. Moses could face the death penalty if convicted.

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