An unholy case, flawed from the beginning / Fort Worth Star-Telegram

BY BOB RAY SANDERS, Fort Worth Star-Telegram October 24, 2007 Thanks to some jurors in a Dallas courtroom who refused to bow to religious bigotry and political pressure, a miscarriage of justice was prevented from running its full, destructive course this week. After years of investigations, weeks of testimony on 197 charges and 19 days [...]

Holy Land juror: ‘Too many holes’ in case / WFAA-TV

Rebecca Lopez/ WFAA-TV October 23, 2007 DALLAS – After a judge declared a mistrial on most counts and one defendant was acquitted of all but one charge, one juror in the Holy Land trial spoke out about what he called an overwhelming, confusing and at times, scary trial. Cheers of “God is great” in Arabic [...]

Mistrial in Holy Land terrorism financing case / LA Times

By Greg Krikorian, Los Angeles Times October 23, 2007 DALLAS — The U.S. Justice Department suffered a major setback in another high-profile terrorist prosecution Monday when its criminal case against five former officials of a now-defunct Islamic charity collapsed into a tangle of legal confusion. U.S. District Judge A. Joe Fish declared a mistrial, but [...]

U.S. Prosecution of Muslim Group Ends in Mistrial

By LESLIE EATON, New York Times October 23, 2007 DALLAS — A federal judge declared a mistrial on Monday in what was widely seen as the government’s flagship terrorism-financing case after prosecutors failed to persuade a jury to convict five leaders of a Muslim charity on any charges, or even to reach a verdict on [...]

Holy Land jury is told to keep deliberating / Dallas Morning News

By JASON TRAHAN / The Dallas Morning News Wednesday, October 3, 2007 The judge in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing case told jurors to keep deliberating after the foreperson sent him a note Wednesday saying that one of them had essentially deadlocked the panel. “What do we do when a juror refuses to vote?” [...]

Ex-Diplomat Testifies for Muslim Charity / Associated Press

By David Koenig, Associated Press September 4, 2007 DALLAS (AP) — Israeli intelligence about Palestinian groups that a Muslim charity aided was often unreliable, a former senior U.S. diplomat testified Tuesday at the organization’s trial on terrorism-support charges. Edward Abington*, who served as U.S. consul-general in Jerusalem during the 1990s, said the Israelis had an [...]

Charity trial witness falters / LA Times

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 [...]

Trial begins for charity [allegedly] tied to Hamas / LA Times

By Greg Krikorian, LA Times Staff Writer July 25, 2007 DALLAS — The government’s biggest terrorism-financing trial to date opened Tuesday with a federal prosecutor charging that officials of a now-shuttered Islamic charity for years hid their real mission: supporting the violent actions of the Palestinian group Hamas. Assistant U.S. Atty. James T. Jacks said [...]

N. Texas Muslims say Holy Land case is political / Dallas Morning News

Monday, July 16, 2007 By JASON TRAHAN / The Dallas Morning News jtrahan@dallasnews.com For many North Texas Muslims, the Holy Land Foundation investigation is a saga fueled by prejudice. Local Muslim leaders have long decried the government’s “witch hunt” of what they say was a charitable foundation dedicated to helping Palestinian refugees caught up in [...]

Award-Winning Essay: By Noor Elashi

I will never forget sitting on that cold, solid wooden bench in the very back of the courtroom. As my eyes watered, I looked up at the judge, who started to look like nothing more than a mirage. Then, as I slowly turned my head to the double doors, I became almost blinded by a [...]