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Woman convicted in terrorism trial: 'You are all going to hell'

One of two Rochester women convicted of aiding terrorists had more than a few words for the judge and court. A federal jury found the women guilty of funneling cash to a militant group in Somalia under the guise of charity.
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One of two Rochester women convicted of aiding terrorists had more than a few words for the judge and court. A federal jury found the women guilty of funneling cash to a militant group in Somalia under the guise of charity.

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