FBI agent concludes his testimony (August 23, 2007)

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 [...]

FBI agent testifies a 3rd day (August 22, 2007)

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.

FBI agent testifies a 2nd day (August 21, 2007)

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 [...]

Four witnesses in one day (August 20, 2007)

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 [...]

Testimony of Israeli agent continues (August 16, 2007)

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 [...]

Another Israeli agent testifies (August 15, 2007)

Some jurors glimpsed down at their nails, while others took frequent peeks at the clock. The jury seemed unimpressed by yet another anonymous witness with the Israeli government on Wednesday, August 15, 2007. As prosecutor Elisabeth Shapiro began the direct examination of an advisor with the Israeli Security Agency (ISA) who used the pseudonym of [...]

FBI agent concludes an 11-day testimony (August 14, 2007)

With her pink blouse, dark pin-stripped suit and crow-colored hair, FBI agent Lara Burns seemed hostile as she neared the end of her 11-day testimony on Tuesday, August 14, 2007. Mounted on a pole behind her was the American flag. The stars and stripes. The symbol of freedom and protection. Yet to many, the Dallas [...]

Cross-examination of FBI agent continues (August 13, 2007)

The day was short, lasting until noon, but it wasn’t sweet on Monday, August 13, 2007.
Sitting behind a large wooden desk and wearing a black shiny robe, U.S. District Judge A. Joe Fish sustained much of the government attorneys’ objections. Sometimes leaning his head back and other times sitting up straight on his black leather [...]

Israeli Defense Forces commander testifies (August 9, 2007)

The courtroom was empty and all wooden doors were locked on Thursday, August 9, 2007 as the government interrupted the cross-examination of FBI agent Laura Burns for the testimony of an official with the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). The witness — who used the fake name of Leo for security reasons — entered and exited [...]

Cross-examination of FBI agent begins (August 8, 2007)

The courtroom did not have the usual dimness caused by irrationality on Wednesday, August 8, 2007. Rather, an aura of clear logic made the room seem brighter than normal as the defense lawyers began cross-examining FBI agent Lara Burns. With a couple loud laughs and a few quick smiles, the jurors seemed more alert as [...]