- Associated Press - Thursday, March 20, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - A Massachusetts man convicted in 2011 of trying to help al-Qaida has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review his case.

The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston upheld Tarek Mehanna’s (TEH’-rek meh-HAH’-nahs) conviction and 17 1/2-year sentence in November.

A notice filed Thursday with the appeals court says Mehanna’s lawyers filed the request Monday with the Supreme Court.

Mehanna, of Sudbury, was convicted of four terror-related charges and three charges of lying to authorities.

Prosecutors said he traveled to Yemen seeking terrorist training and intended to fight U.S. soldiers in Iraq. When that failed, they said, he returned home and promoted violent jihad online.

Mehanna’s lawyers said he didn’t give any tangible support to al-Qaida, and his online activities were protected free speech.

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