Las Vegas (AP) -- A federal jury in Las Vegas is set to decide
the fate of active-duty Navy Seal facing charges that he smuggled
machine guns from Iraq and Afghanistan and conspired with others to
sell weapons and explosives in the United States. The jury begins deliberating Thursday, a day after petty officer Nicholas Bickle sat during closing arguments in his Navy uniform while his attorney, James Pokorny, said he should be acquitted. Bickle didn't testify during the 2 1/2 week trial, and Pokorny says prosecutors failed to prove their case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Phillip N. Smith Jr. showed the jury AK-47 and M92 machine guns, a sniper rifle and other weapons that Bickle is accused of dealing. Smith asked for the conviction of the 34-year-old Bickle on 15 conspiracy, weapons and explosives charges.
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