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AL-ARIAN CASE HIT BY JUMP IN COSTS

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    AL-ARIAN CASE HIT BY JUMP IN COSTS Graham Brink, St. Petersburg Times, 5/30/03 http://www.sptimes.com/2003/05/30/Tampabay/Al_Arian_case_hit_by_.shtml TAMPA -
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      AL-ARIAN CASE HIT BY JUMP IN COSTS
      Graham Brink, St. Petersburg Times, 5/30/03
      http://www.sptimes.com/2003/05/30/Tampabay/Al_Arian_case_hit_by_.shtml


      TAMPA - The cost of the criminal case for former University of South
      Florida professor Sami Al-Arian is rising quickly, according to
      statements made at a court hearing Thursday.

      The latest potential expense: $400,000 or more to convert thousands
      of hours of audio surveillance tapes to a digital format to make them
      easier to handle, a process that prosecutors say could take eight
      months.

      That would be in addition to a few thousand dollars for copying
      videotapes and buying scanning and computer equipment; about $50,000
      a year proposed for a paralegal to help defense lawyers parse through
      reams of documents; and tens of thousands more for Arabic speakers to
      translate evidence.

      Those costs are on top of the investigative time logged by the FBI
      and the prosecutors and the running tally of hours for the court-
      appointed defense attorneys...

      Al-Arian and Sammeeh Hammoudeh are being held without bail at the
      Coleman Correctional Facility in Sumter County about 70 miles north
      of Tampa. The two other defendants are out on bail.

      At Thursday's hearing, Al-Arian and Hammoudeh watched from the prison
      Via video-conferencing equipment as the judge and the lawyers
      discussed a range of issues.

      Al-Arian and his lawyers wanted to discuss the conditions at the
      prison, which they have complained are hampering their ability to put
      on a defense. Al-Arian has complained that he has limited access to
      the phone.
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