Three witnesses in one day (Oct. 15, 2008)

Prosecutor Jim Jacks brought up a few more security documents that were not found in the HLF offices on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008 as he continued direct examining FBI agent Robert Miranda a fourth day. The supposed security documents were found in homes of individuals who are not defendants in the HLF case. Jacks displayed … Read more

Two defense witnesses testify (Nov. 3, 2008)

Jurors listened more intensely than ever before on Monday, Nov. 3, 2008, as they got crash courses on Islam and the Palestinian culture. Second Defense Witness Dr. John Esposito, a prominent scholar on Islam and a professor at Georgetown University, was the next witness called to the stand. Esposito, who is Roman Catholic, began by … Read more

New retrial date set

U.S. District Judge Jorge Solis set the new – and probably final – date for the Holy Land Foundation retrial: Sept. 8, 2008. The case is being retried because it ended in a mistrial on Oct. 22, 2007 after the jury failed to return a single guilty verdict out of 197 counts.

OFAC administrator testifies, FBI agent continues second testimony (Oct. 22, 2008)

Jurors listened closely on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008 when prosecutors played the rest of a revealing, honest phone call between defendants Ghassan Elashi and Shukri Abu-Baker as the second testimony of FBI agent Lara Burns continued. In the 1996 call, the companions and collogues, a U.S. regulation that prevented aid from reaching a Palestinian hospital. … Read more

Opening Statements (July 24, 2007)

Every inch of all eight wooden benches were occupied Tuesday, July 24, 2007 when the long-awaited Holy Land Foundation trial began. Among the attendees were many supporters of the defendants, law students, journalists and other anxious individuals. A little past 9 a.m., U.S. District Judge A. Joe Fish started by reading brief instructions to the … Read more

Prosecutors rest their case (Oct. 31, 2008)

Avi—known to some as the phantom Israeli witness—concluded his testimony on Friday, Oct. 31, 2008. After calling sixteen witnesses and presenting numerous documents, wiretapped phone calls, images and videos, government attorneys finally rested their case. Earlier in the day, defense attorney Linda Moreno—who represents Ghassan Elashi—continued her cross-examination of Avi by clarifying that the Palestinian … Read more