Will Prof. Sami Al-Arian be released?
Yesterday, Al-Arian's defense lawyer rested without presenting a case in the ongoing trial against him. Speculation is that he didn't have to. After months and months of testimony, media reports say jurors eyes are glazing over daily. Clearly, prosecutors bored them and didn't stick to the meat of the case against Al-Arian. It will be a travesty of justice if Al-Arian walks. He is responsible for the murder of many civilians, including the bus-bombing murder of American college student Alisa Flatow.There was a report a couple of months ago in The Washington Post that told that there were very few convictions in 9-11 investigations. If Al-Arian walks, it'll be another betrayal of the American public.
But while it will be a travesty, if Al-Arian walks, it will be no surprise. The Justice Department has a terrible record post-9/11 of prosecuting terrorists, losing most major cases. It's as if they really want to lose and are just putting on a show for the post-9/11 audience who pays their salary, but whom they secretly disdain. The one terrific victory, in which prosecutor Richard Convertino obtained a guilty verdict against terrorists, Justice Department officials and a questionable judge did whatever they could to overturn the verdict and ruin Convertino.
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