[Ppnews] Al-Arian - Top court won't hear ex-prof's appeal

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Mon Oct 6 13:50:08 EDT 2008

Top court won't hear ex-prof's appeal

29 minutes ago

McLEAN, Va. (AP) ­ The U.S. Supreme Court has 
refused to hear an appeal from a former Florida 
professor once accused of being a top Palestinian terrorist.

The high court's decision Monday means that Sami 
Al-Arian, who once taught at the University of 
South Florida, is a step closer to facing trial 
in northern Virginia for refusing to testify to a grand jury.

Al-Arian struck a plea bargain in 2005 admitting 
that he conspired to assist the Palestinian 
Islamic Jihad. He argued that the terms of the 
deal barred the government from demanding his testimony in other terror cases.

But a federal appeals court disagreed, and now 
the U.S. Supreme Court is refusing to intervene. 
A judge in Virginia had wanted the appeal to be 
resolved before trying Al-Arian for contempt of court.

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