In their quest for a new trial, lawyers for Hamid Hayat will argue that jury misconduct took place. The 24-year-old remains in the Sacramento County Jail. He was found guilty last year of a terrorism-related charge linked to attending a jihadi training camp in Pakistan. He was also found guilty of lying to the F-B-I.
The Judge will question the jury foreperson about allegations that he made a “hangman’s gesture” during discussions with other jurors. Hayat faces up to thirty-nine years in prison. Hamid’s father Umer Hayat pleaded guilty to making a false statement to federal officials and was sentenced to time served.