updated 5/4/2009 6:58:55 PM ET 2009-05-04T22:58:55

A judge has denied a request for a mistrial in the Miami case of six men accused of plotting to destroy Chicago's Sears Tower and bomb FBI offices.

U.S. District Judge Joan Lenard refused Monday to grant a third mistrial in the "Liberty City Six" case. Now Lenard must decide whether to remove a juror that other panel members say is being disruptive and refusing to deliberate.

That juror did not show up Monday, claiming illness. Lenard could replace the juror with an alternate or continue with 11 jurors.

The two previous mistrials occurred when jurors could not agree unanimously on verdicts. The men were arrested in June 2006 on charges of plotting with al-Qaida to stage major terror attacks.

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