Judge acquits 3 in sex trafficking conspiracy

10:42 PM, Dec 19, 2012   |    comments
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A federal judge in Nashville has overturned the convictions of three men on the charge of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of children.

In his Wednesday order, U.S. District Judge William Haynes said his decision to overrule a jury was based on the government's failure to prove the men were part of a single, overarching conspiracy.

Haynes also faulted the government for failing to turn over thousands of pages of documents to the defendants before the start of trial in April.

Originally, 30 people were indicted in the case that spanned Ohio, Minnesota and Tennessee, but only nine of them stood trial.

The jury acquitted six but convicted Idris Ibrahim Fahra, Andrew Kayachith and Yassin Abdirahman Yusuf. Haynes acquitted those three Wednesday.

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