Daoud Wright was a Boston ISIS operative who plotted to behead me. He was found guilty on five counts in the Islamic State terrorist plot. Muslim convert Wright was the ringleader of the beheading plot. Late this afternoon, one of those convictions was overturned when Federal Appeals Justice David J. Barron said Wright “could have been simply been ‘role-playing’ with respect to following ISIS’s direction.’’ What? Has everyone gone off their rocker?
The jury didn’t think so – they brought the verdict in swiftly:
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They had reached five verdicts in six hours.
“Mr. Wright is a terrorist, an ISIS supporter and recruiter who intended to wage war against the United States by beheading people and killing Americans”
Federal appeals court overturns Everett man’s conviction on conspiring to support ISIS
A homegrown terrorist from Everett, who was arrested after his uncle and fellow plotter was killed in a confrontation with police in Roslindale in 2015, had one of his five convictions overturned on Wednesday.
The First US Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the conviction of David Daoud Wright, 30, on a charge of conspiring to support a terrorist organization.
Wright plotted the death of blogger Pamela Geller, a controversial critic of Islam, with his uncle, Usaamah Rahim, and a third man, Nicholas Rovinski of Warwick, R.I., federal prosecutors say.
In June 2015, Rahim, 26, was fatally shot by authorities in a Roslindale parking lot after he advanced on them with a machete. Wright was arrested later that day.
Wright took the stand in his own defense and said he was only engaging in an “ISIS role-play fantasy” because he was obese and had no social life. But he was sentenced to 28 years behind bars and lifetime parole once released. Wright is currently housed in a federal minimum-He remains convicted of conspiring to commit acts of terrorism beyond national boundaries, conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice, and two counts of obstruction of justice.
But the appeals court ruled that his conviction for conspiring to support a terrorist organization must fall because US District Court Judge William G. Young, the trial judge, made a mistake in outlining the meaning of the law to jurors.
The appeals court said the error meant that jurors wrongly convicted Wright of a crime where the evidence was not as “overwhelming” as the law required, creating a constitutional flaw in his trial that could only be corrected by dismissing the conviction.
“We conclude that a rational jury could have found from this evidence that Wright could have been simply ‘role-playing’ with respect to following ISIS’s direction,’’ Justice David J. Barron wrote for the court.
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