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Al-Arian judge still weighing juror's conduct (9/9)

St. Petersburg Times
September 9, 2005
By MEG LAUGHLIN

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The judge, who could dismiss the juror for his remarks, says one
was "outside the case." But he doesn't note others.


TAMPA - The federal judge in the trial of Sami Al-Arian ruled
Thursday that there was no misconduct among two of three jurors
whose actions have been under scrutiny for two weeks.

He said he would reserve ruling on the third juror, who, the two
other jurors allege, made prejudicial comments about organizations
run by the defendants.

What was noteworthy about the decision of U.S. District Judge James
S. Moody Jr. was not the decision itself, but his explanation of why
he made it. And what was noteworthy about that was not what the
judge focused on, but what he did not mention.

Moody explained his position by talking about an alleged comment by
a juror that was peripheral to the case, not one supposedly made by
the same juror that goes to the heart of the case.

The issue arose two weeks ago when a juror sent the judge an
anonymous note. It said: "Could you just remind the jury to keep
their opinions to their self?"

Moody responded by questioning the 12 jurors and the six alternates,
asking most of them if they had "heard any discussion about the
case" from other jurors. Each juror was questioned alone in the jury
box, out of earshot of the others.

Two of the 18 said they had heard something.

"I've heard people making different comments about some things -
comments about the school IAF (Islamic Academy of Florida). ... This
particular juror believed it was a front for the PIJ (Palestinian
Islamic Jihad)," said a juror.

Another juror said she had heard something: "one guy making little
comments that WISE (World and Islam Studies Enterprise) and IAF were
all a front ... and about somebody killed a member of Islamic Jihad
(PIJ). ... When he's out, they're talking - him and the same two
guys."

This juror said she had written the note.

Since the four defendants - Al-Arian, Sameeh Hammoudeh, Ghassan
Ballut and Hatem Fariz - are charged with using IAF, a K-12 school,
and other Tampa organizations as fronts to raise money for PIJ
terrorist acts, the alleged comment about "fronts" involve something
central to the case.

But that was not what the judge focused on in Thursday's ruling.
Instead, it was the comment about the PIJ member being killed.

Earlier in the week, the judge further questioned the note-writing
juror, asking her to read from her notes about the other juror's
comments on the PIJ member being killed.

She said that on Aug. 25, the juror in question said PIJ leaders had
been killed during the pullout from the Gaza Strip in the occupied
territories.

The judge tracked the information to an Aug. 25 Tampa Tribune
article, which should have been removed from the newspaper before it
was given to jurors.

Thursday, Moody dismissed the comments of the juror in question,
based on the newspaper article on the Gaza killing, as "comments
outside the case."

But what he did not mention was the alleged comments about the
Islamic Academy of Florida and WISE being "fronts."

WISE was a think tank founded by Al-Arian when he was a University
of South Florida professor.

Before Thursday, Moody questioned the juror twice. The first time,
Moody asked him if he had heard any discussion, not if he had made
any comments. The juror said he hadn't.

The second time, Moody asked him if he had heard comments or made
them since the first questioning. The juror in question said he
hadn't, and, if he had, he didn't mean "to influence anyone."

But neither question from the judge dealt with the issue of whether
the note-writing juror's initial complaint was provoked by a
prejudicial comment about "fronts" from the juror in question. That
part of the allegation seems to have been ignored by the judge, at
least temporarily.

Thursday, after Moody talked about the murder of PIJ leaders on Aug.
25, Al-Arian's attorney Bill Moffitt told the judge: "I remind you
that a juror was making comments about things being fronts."

The judge's response seemingly ignored the comment. "It's ironic
that all of this came out of a paper we put in the jury room," Moody
said, referring again to the killing and Gaza pullout and ignoring
the issue that provoked the juror's note in the first place.

Documents & Releases

Statement of Chairs of American Muslim Task-Force on Civil Rights and Elections  (AMT) and  Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

Howard Zinn Statement on Professor Al-Arian

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To be patriotic is to be able to question government policy in times of crisis.
To be patriotic is to stand up for the Bill of Rights and the Constitution in times of uncertainty and insecurity.
To be patriotic is to  speak up against the powerful in defense of the weak and the voiceless.
To be patriotic is to be willing to pay the price to preserve our freedoms, dignity, and rights.
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From a speech by Dr. Al-Arian
9/1/2002

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UFF Summary: Al-Arian and USF

Poetry

Announcement of Book: The Al-Arian Reader

A new compilation of all relevant articles to be released soon by the National Liberty Fund

Selected Poems
by Sami Al-Arian

We Shall Rise

To Maya Angelou
Like the dream of the slave
You rise
And with the scream of the brave
I shall rise
In honoring the memory of your ancestors
You rise
With my stateless brothers and sisters
I shall rise
Like dust in the sunlight
You rise
And as ashes in a fiery night
I shall rise
You offend
Because of your existence
And I
For my resistance
You upset them
Recalling their past
And I
By holding steadfast
They may trod you in dirt
May cause me all the hurt
Inflict upon you excruciating pain
While they shut me up and detain
By they won't see you broken
Neither would my faith be forsaken
As you've never bowed your head
And never lowered your eyes
I'll continue to raise my fist
And hide my mother's cries
They may shoot you with their words
Cut me up with their swords
They may insult you with their eyes
Denigrate me with their lies
Trying to kill you with their hate
Bury me alive to seal my fate
But they'd certainly
Be shamed and fail
As the free chant and sing
On their march to prevail
So keep your head held high
As I follow you and try
And keep your beautiful smile
As I walk my first mile
They'll pressure and blame
Throw us in prison to control and tame
They'll exile and defame
Lynch us all or shoot and maim
Burn crosses with no shame
Target our children in a dirty game
By why is that a surprise?
Despite their evil and terror
Their falsehood and lies
You shall rise
And I shall rise
You're the black ocean
Leaping and wide
I'm the Mediterranean
With a stormy tide
Staying together
Side by side
It's no surprise
We shall rise
Surely shall rise
We together shall rise
No Longer Afraid
For us to feel "secure"
What price is being paid?
If living in freedom
Why are we afraid?
Fear is everywhere
All around
Perhaps irrational
But without any bound
You can see it on our faces
Sense it in our eyes
You can hear it in our whispers
Feel it in our cries
More>>No Longer Afraid
The Bird and The Vulture
The bird was chirping
In a house on a tree
But the vulture was angry
Because it was free
When the bird is singing
The vulture ain't safe
More>>The Bird and The Vulture
The Smile of Freedom
He looked like
A body-builder
Tall, tough, and full
All muscles and no fat
His mind was simple
Suited to follow orders
No questions asked
Acting mean and mechanical
Like any bureaucrat
More>>The Smile ...
In the Name of Freedom
In the name of freedom
We shall rule the world
To spread democracy
And set you free
In the name of freedom
We’ll descend on you
To make you civilized
Modern and orderly
More>>In the Name ...
The Accused: Franz Kafka Meets George Orwell in 21st Century America
Act I: The Mother of all Evidence
Act II- Weapons of Mass Deception
Act III: Silencing of the Lambs
Act IV: Attacks of the Wolves
Act V: Occupied Territory
Act VI: Police State
Act VII: Official Obituary
Act VIII: A Close Encounter of the Scariest Kind
Act IX: The Inquisition
Act X- Conspiracy Theory
Act XI- Secret Trials
Act XII- Silent Pain and Teary Eyes
Act XIII- True Patriot Acts
Do Not Sign
Rights are not for sale
History is not kind
On those who sell their people out,
Betray their cause,
Surrender their land
To tow the line
Do not sign
More>>Do Not Sign
Rachel Corrie: Daughter of Palestine
The most gentle
Amongst all honorable
Women
Had a spirit
As dazzling as
The garden of
Eden
More>>Daughter of Palestine
Ole Jerusalem
O Ole Jerusalem
I feel your pain
I hear your cries
The light thunder
In the darkness
And the heavy rain
I see the steady bleeding
Of your wound
With its mark and stain
More>>Ole Jerusalem
Patrick Henry
A revolutionary
At heart
A patriot
From the start
Loved by his country
To the core
Defended freedom
Even more
Hated arrogance
In shape and tone
Fought tyranny
With every bone
He was the conscience
Of his people
Striking fear in the enemy
And made it feeble
More>> Patrick Henry
Injustice
An overwhelming feeling
Of bitterness
Emptiness
Hopelessness
Helplessness
Sadness
Madness
Of hatred and rage
Trapped in a cage
Disappointment and anger
Continuing to linger
Wounding of dignity
Violating your virginity
More>> Injustice
Political Riddles
He sees the world as black and white
His solution to every quandary is fight with might
The economy will not stimulate
Because he can’t articulate
While jobs are gone
He says, “bring ‘em on.”
Who is he?
He likes to be called the General
The head of an agency that’s federal
If you spit on the sidewalk
He’ll send the Incredible Hulk
He hates to cite truth or fact
Because he’s busy promoting his unpatriotic act
He frequents TV cameras with a smash
The first part of his last name sounds like trash
Who is he?
He is the ideal dutiful poodle they say
From an empire where the sun did not set one day
He adores his cowboy friend and considers him a fan
And insists: I’m nobody’s yes-man
When the cowboy says no, I say no
Who is he?
More>>Political Riddles