It wasn’t a dramatic moment on the afternoon of Thursday, August 30, 2007. Some jurors nodded their heads while others gave small sighs as U.S. government attorney Jim Jacks quickly pushed his maroon leather chair back, stood up and said, Your honor, ladies and gentleman of the jury, the government will now rest its case. [...]
Greg Westfall, defendant Abdulrahman Odeh’s attorney, stood tall in a dark suit and black cowboy boots on Wednesday, August 29, 2007 as he continued cross-examining FBI agent Lara Burns. Many in the courtroom — including the 15-member jury and U.S. District Judge A. Joe Fish — seemed relieved when prosecutors announced that the government could [...]
One juror had a runny nose while another constantly doze off. As the sixth week of the Holy Land Foundation trial continued on Tuesday, August 28, 2007, the jury seemed weary. But they also seemed hopeful because they were told that the government could rest their case before the end of August.
With her light gray suit and her pasty face, FBI agent Lara Burns was called to testify a second time on Monday, August 27, 2007 as the U.S. government’s final witness. The jurors stretched, yawned and stared at the clock as Burns continued to repeat her previous testimony and talk about issues of which she [...]
The 15-member jury’s eyes twinkled Thursday, August 23, 2007 when U.S. District Judge A. Joe Fish told them the day was over by 10 a.m. But their eyes suddenly gloomed and their eyebrows scrunched as Fish said they were required to stay until noon since the court staff had already ordered them lunch. After FBI [...]
Both frowns and smiles were present in the courtroom on Wednesday, August 22, 2007 as prosecutors and defense attorneys questioned FBI agent Robert Miranda. While listening to Miranda testify for a third day, the jurors were mostly attentive as the fifth week of the Holy Land Foundation trial wrapped up.
Some jurors had their palms under their chins while others squinted intensely as they leaned forward to see a large poster displaying a list of Holy Land Foundation speakers that the government said were affiliated with Hamas. During much of the morning of Tuesday, August 21, 2007, the jury looked at prosecutor Nathan Garrett post [...]
His face was cherry red. He was outraged at this mockery of a trial. Defendant Ghassan Elashi’s voice was loud and clear. As U.S. District Judge A. Joe Fish and jurors exited the courtroom after a mid-morning break Monday, August 20, 2007, Elashi let out his frustration toward the unjust judge. This is an extension [...]
By Greg Krikorian, LA Times Staff Writer August 17, 2007 An Israeli intelligence agent whose earlier testimony linked a U.S.-based Islamic charity to Hamas acknowledged Thursday that none of the overseas charities it supported has appeared among hundreds of names on U.S. government terrorist lists. The testimony seemed to cast doubt on a central element [...]
The mostly-attentive jury continued to listen to a witness with no name on Thursday, August 16, 2007. The Israeli official — who went by the pseudonym of “Avi” — repeatedly smiled as he attempted to make one point clear: “Khamas,” or Hamas, indoctrinated Palestinian children through zakat (charity) committees. For the Israeli agent’s protection, the [...]