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Al-Arian in Special Prison Unit

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  • ummyakoub
    BILL OF RIGHTS HAS TO APPLY TO ALL TRIALS, INCLUDING AL-ARIAN S Sebastian Meyer, Oracle, 11/4/03
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 5 9:13 PM
      BILL OF RIGHTS HAS TO APPLY TO ALL TRIALS, INCLUDING AL-ARIAN'S
      Sebastian Meyer, Oracle, 11/4/03
      http://www.usforacle.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2003/11/03/3fa65f3de1952

      For most students at USF, the Sami Al-Arian saga came to an end when
      the engineering professor with alleged ties to terrorism was arrested
      in February. What most do not know is that the trial he is facing may
      very well touch on and re-evaluate the most basic rights American
      citizens have.

      At a news conference in Ybor City Friday, Al-Arian's new lawyer
      William B. Moffitt addressed the media in a small, crammed law firm
      office. He described the case of Al-Arian as one of the first "civil
      rights cases of the 21st century" while reporters crouched around
      him.

      Moffitt spoke of the conditions Al-Arian is currently being held in
      as well as how Al-Arian was moved to the Coleman Federal Correctional
      Complex in Sumter County where he is now housed in what is called a
      Special Housing Unit (SHU). These units were designed to "punish
      people that have committed offenses while in prison" and are meant to
      house "the worst of the worst."

      He went on to say that Al-Arian had to change plans to defend himself
      mainly because he could not get access to sources such as law books
      or even talk with his attorney Robert McKee. Even now, Al-Arian has
      to have every phone call approved by the Bureau of Prisons in
      Atlanta, something no other detainee awaiting trial has to do,
      Moffitt claimed.

      This is troubling news. According to the Bill of Rights, every person
      standing trial in the United States must have the chance for a fair
      trial. How can Al-Arian have a fair trial if he cannot even call his
      lawyer, let alone see him?...


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