[Pnews] Rasmea Yousef Odeh to appear in Detroit court on Wednesday, May 28, with new attorney Michael Deutsch

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Wed May 28 10:46:16 EDT 2014

  Rasmea Yousef Odeh to appear in Detroit court on Wednesday, May 28,
  with new attorney Michael Deutsch

May 27, 2014

Palestinian American organizer from Chicago, Rasmea Yousef Odeh, will 
appear in U.S. District Court at 231 W. Lafayette Blvd., in Detroit, 
Michigan, on Wednesday, May 28^th , 2014, with a new attorney, Michael 
Deutsch of the People's Law Office in Chicago.  Last week, Odeh decided 
not to accept a plea agreement that would have revoked her U.S. 
citizenship and forced her deportation, and instead dismissed her 
previous attorney.  Judge Paul Borman requested that she retain a new 
one for her pre-trial conference today.

Odeh is being charged with Unlawful Procurement of Naturalization, but 
is strongly asserting her innocence and appearing in court this morning 
at 10:30 AM with Deutsch, who has represented political activists and 
victims of police and government civil rights violations since 1970.  He 
was one of the lawyers for the Attica prisoners following the 1971 
uprising and state massacre, and won an acquittal in 2006 for Muhammad 
Salah, who was accused of running a terrorist-recruiting and financing 
cell in the U.S.

Odeh has been in this country for 20 years, a citizen for 10 of them, 
and has been a social justice activist for close to 50 years.  "This 
immigration charge is nothing but a pretext," said Muhammad Sankari of 
Chicago's Coalition to Protect People's Rights, which is leading the 
national Rasmea Defense Committee.  "Rasmea is being targeted because of 
who she is, a Palestinian Arab Muslim woman who continues to organize 
for Palestinian freedom and liberation."

Borman may set a trial date today, and Odeh's supporters will be 
mobilized from across the country to rally in her defense, and fill the 
courtroom every day of the trial.  Some of them will be distributing 
literature about the case today as well, starting at 9:30 AM.  Hatem 
Abudayyeh of the Rasmea Defense Committee will be available to the 
press, and Deutsch may be available after the court proceeding.

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