"On behalf of Dr. Al-Arian, the defense rests."
-- Dr. Al-Arian's defense, in its entirety.
After 5 months of confabulatory and contradictory testimony from 80 witnesses, Dr. Sami Al-Arian has been found guilty of exactly zero of the 51 charges brought against him. You might say the system works - he's only lost 3 years of his life, much of which was spent in solitary, and also his job, and he's being shipped off to repeat the entire ridiculous fiasco in another country. The government's considering whether to run the same charges up a second flagpole, or simply ship him off to another show trial in Israel.
The St. Petersburg Times has a collection of resources concerning this case. The Tampa Tribune, meanwhile, played a surprising role in the effort to prosecute Dr. Al-Arian.
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