The family of Lodi terror suspect Hamid Hayat made a tearful plea Wednesday for the federal government to show mercy and release him from prison in the wake of a federal judge’s order vacating his 14-year-old conviction.

“I want to tell the government, ‘Please, end this now and release my brother from federal prison in Phoenix, Arizona, today,” Raheela Hayat, his 24-year-old sister, said as she wept on the steps of the federal courthouse in downtown Sacramento.

“This case affected the Hayat family, the Lodi community, the Stockton community and the young generation of Muslim Americans who saw one of their own convicted in a post-9/11 world while completely innocent…,” Elkarra said. “We ask U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott and the Department of Justice to show mercy and allow this young man to be released.”

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