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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

And if he was a Zionist?

Detroit Judge Gerald Rosen refused to recuse himself from sitting on judgment in the case of 48-year old Fawzi Mustapha Assi on Tuesday. Assi has admitted to attempting to smuggle military equipment to Hezbullah in 1998, and Rosen has to sentence him.
Fawzi Mustapha Assi, 48, who rose to address the court against the advice of his attorney, said he heard rumors U.S. District Judge Gerald E. Rosen is a Zionist and he was concerned Rosen could not be impartial when sentencing him for supporting "one of the most hated enemies of the state of Israel."

Rosen denied the motion, telling Assi he is not a Zionist and he will be fair and impartial in passing sentence.

"This is a little late in the process to be bringing a motion to recuse the judge," said Rosen, who has handled Assi's case for 10 years.

"The court, if anything, has bent over backwards to assure that you have a fair process," Rosen told Assi, of Dearborn, noting he appointed a top defense attorney, James C. Thomas, to defend Assi at government expense.


Rosen told Assi he would have recused himself long ago if he did not feel he could be impartial and he has never belonged to or supported any Zionist organizations. Rosen noted he threw out terrorism convictions against two Muslim men after a high-profile 2003 trial because he suspected the prosecutor of misconduct.
It's troublesome that Rosen felt he had to defend himself by saying that he was not a Zionist and has never belonged to or supported any Zionist organizations. And if he had? Should Rosen have recused himself because opposing Hezbullah's brand of Islamist terrorism is an American interest? If Rosen had lost a relative on 9/11, would that have been grounds to demand that he recuse himself?

This case sounds like another instance of multi-culturalism run rampant.

By the way, for those of you who followed the link to the Detroit News and are wondering how Assi escaped if he was wearing an electronic tether, Debbie Schlussel published all the details in 2006.


There's much more on this story from Debbie Schlussel here.


At 11:23 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

As Debbie Schlussel would note, this isn't the first nor it will it be the last time a Jew turned his back on the Jewish people to show the Gentiles he's above suspicion of displaying "double loyalty" and putting Jewish er Zionist interests first, whatever that means. Sadly, the one place the Jews' enemies have received undeserved breaks and unexpected support has been from renegade Jews.


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