FILE - This Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009, file booking photo provided by the Sudbury, Mass., Police Dept. shows Tarek Mehanna, of Sudbury, after he was arrested and charged with conspiring to plot terror attacks. A federal judge ruled during a hearing in Boston Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011, that prosecutors in the case cannot refer to American troops as "our soldiers" during his trial, scheduled to begin on Oct. 24. The judge also ruled Mehanna supporters cannot wear their customary yellow scarves or "Free Tarek" T-shirts once the trial begins. (AP Photo/Sudbury Police Department, File)
April 9, 2012 11:02:48 AM PDT
by DENISE LAVOIE Associated Press
BOSTON - April 09, 2012 --
Defense lawyers for a Massachusetts man convicted of conspiring to help al-Qaida say he should not get more than 6½ years in prison.