[Ppnews] Hearing Thursday to Determine Course of Dr. Al-Arian's Trial

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Mon Feb 2 15:11:31 EST 2009

Hearing Thursday to Determine Course of Contempt Trial
Judge will rule on what defenses and evidence may be presented

  February 2, 2009 - Alexandria, VA - There will be an important 
hearing in the case of Dr. Sami Al-Arian this coming Thursday, 
February 5, 2009 at 10 A.M. sharp at the Albert V. Bryan Courthouse 
in Alexandria, VA (address below). Judge Leonie Brinkema is expected 
to rule on what kind of evidence and defenses she will permit to be 
presented to the jury.
        For instance, at the last hearing on January 16th, the judge 
ruled that Dr. Al-Arian would in fact be allowed to argue that he was 
acting on the counsel of his attorneys when he decided to refuse to 
testify before a grand jury on March 20th, 2008. The prosecution, 
however, has urged the judge to reconsider this ruling.
        It is vital that as many of Dr. Al-Arian's supporters as 
possible attend the hearing. At the last hearing, an impressive 
seventy supporters showed up, which prompted the judge herself to 
comment on the strong show of support for Dr. Al-Arian. Supporters 
are advised to come to the courthouse no later than 9:45 to ensure 
seating. The courthouse (address below) is in walking distance from 
the King Street Station (Blue and Yellow Lines). 
here for Google Maps.

Albert V. Bryan U.S. Courthouse
401 Courthouse Square
Alexandria, VA 22314

Freedom Archives
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

415 863-9977

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