Michael May covered the Mehanna trial for latitudenews.com, where he is an editor. A former managing editor of The Texas Observer, May has also contributed to This American Life and other public radio shows. He teaches at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies.
It’s unusual for a domestic terrorism suspect to have a fan club. But every morning of Tarek Mehanna’s eight-week trial late last year on federal terrorism charges, supporters packed the domed, ornate courtroom in downtown Boston, smiling and waving whenever Mehanna turned to face them.