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Woman convicted of fundraising for terror group to appeal contempt conviction

A Minnesota woman convicted of funneling money to a Somali terror group is appealing her contempt of court ruling. During the trial, a judge held Amina Ali in contempt because she refused to stand when the judge entered the courtroom.
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A Minnesota woman convicted of funneling money to a Somali terror group is appealing her contempt of court ruling. During the trial, a judge held Amina Ali in contempt because she refused to stand when the judge entered the courtroom.

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