The future is now: Detroit 'Palestinian' accused of jury tampering in trial of fellow 'Palestinian'
A Detroit 'Palestinian' is being accused of tampering with the jury
hearing the case of another 'Palestinian' who is charged with violations of US naturalization law (Hat Tip: Mike P
In a motion filed Friday in connection with the upcoming trial of
Rasmea Odeh, prosecutors accuse activist Hatem Abudayyeh of the
Chicago-based Arab American Action Network and other demonstrators of
mounting protests aimed at swaying a yet-to-be named jury in Odeh's
case. The motion asks that the names of jurors not be made public or
revealed to the defendant or her lawyers and that the jury be assembled
off-site to avoid encountering the protesters.
"Since the date of defendant’s arrest for naturalization fraud, Hatem
Abudayyeh has orchestrated a concerted effort to influence the criminal
proceedings against defendant, which has resulted, at each proceeding,
in a large group outside the Courthouse protesting and parading,
carrying signs demanding dismissal of charges and 'Justice for Rasmea'
and displaying the Palestinian flag," prosecutors wrote in the new
motion (posted here).
"Abudayyeh has publicly stated that a goal of filling the courtroom,
rallying outside the courthouse, and chanting while holding posters is
to influence the opinions of jurors....As is evident from Mr.
Abudayyeh’s own statements, it is his goal, and that of his supporters,
to tamper with the prospective and seated jurors in order to sway the
jury in defendant’s favor."
The motion, which makes clear that law enforcement has been keeping a
very close eye on Odeh's supporters, also complains about them
attempting to "flood Department of Justice telephone lines in an attempt
to influence" the court proceedings.
Abudayyeh, who serves as executive director of the AAAN, did not
respond to an e-mail and phone message seeking comment for this post. He
visited the White House in 2010
for an invitation-only briefing for Arab-American leaders. In addition,
President Barack Obama has some historical ties to the Chicago-based
Arab-American group, having spoken at an event it sponsored in 2003.
It is highly unusual for prosecutors to name an individual in a court
filing and suggest his or her involvement in a crime in the absence of
formal charges against the person. The motion is also unusual for
quoting an alleged statement by Abudayyeh, asserting that he said that
he planned to be "contentious" in a conversation with deputy U.S.
marshals, without submitting any proof of the remark. (Detroit federal
courts seem more tolerant of such submissions.)
It's also not immediately clear from the government's filing why
restricting information about the trial and the jury would be the first
step in addressing the concern about jury tampering rather than acting
against those alleged to be creating such a danger.
Labels: Detroit, offensive Palestinians, Palestinians