[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
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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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