A new hearing in the case of Dr. Sami Al-Arian has been set for Friday, October 29, 2010. The government recently filed a motion requesting federal Judge Leonie Brinkema of the Eastern District of Virginia to deny the pending defense motion, filed 18 months ago, to dismiss the criminal contempt charges against Dr. Al-Arian.
In the latest motion, the government not only asked the judge to deny the dismissal request, but it also calls on the judge to reverse her decision allowing Dr. Al-Arian to present a defense in the event of a trial. This marks the fourth time that the government has attempted to prevent the defense from presenting evidence at the trial. The judge denied all prior motions by prosecutors.
At the upcoming hearing Judge Brinkema is expected to rule on whether Dr. Al-Arian should stand trial or whether the charges against him should be dropped altogether.
The Tampa Bay Coalition for Justice and Peace calls upon all supporters to attend this very important hearing that will determine the course of this case and whether justice will be served.
Dr. Al-Arian is being represented by a distinguished legal team led by George Washington Law professor Jonathan Turley, and P.J. Meitl of Bryan Cave.