November 5, 2012

A North Carolina man sentenced to spend decades in prison for a homegrown terrorist plot raised little resistance in court proceedings Monday against charges that he sought to have government witnesses in his earlier trial beheaded.

Hysen Sherifi, 28, is acting as his own attorney and waved off early opportunities to resist the government’s case against him. His decision not to contest the government’s pre-trial motions means prosecutors will be allowed to present the jury with recordings of Sherifi that omit sections that could help the defendant’s case, U.S. District Judge W. Earl Britt said.

Britt also told Sherifi he must question witnesses in the courtroom like other attorneys and would be barred from addressing jurors except at the beginning and conclusion of testimony.

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