[Pnews] Rasmea Odeh seeks release from jail pending sentencing

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Fri Nov 14 18:04:56 EST 2014

    Rasmea Odeh seeks release from jail pending sentencing

Posted by William A. Jacobson 
<http://legalinsurrection.com/author/bill/> Friday, November 14, 2014 at 

Convicted of immigration fraud for failing to disclose her conviction 
for terrorism and incarceration in Israel.

On Monday, November 10, a jury rendered a verdict of guilty 
against Rasmieh (Rasmea) Odeh on charges that she unlawfully failed to 
disclose her conviction in Israel of involvement in the 1969 bombing of 
a supermarket and related offenses, and service of 10 years in Israeli 
prison (before being released in a prisoner exchange for an Israeli 
soldier held in Lebanon).

Judge Gerschwin Drain ordered Odeh's bond revoked, and she was led out 
of the courtroom in handcuffs and taken into custody pending the March 
15, 2015 sentencing.

Odeh now has filed a motion for reconsideration 
of that decision. The motion and supporting exhibits, as well as an 
are embedded in full at the bottom of this post.

The gist of the motion is that Odeh has strong ties to the Chicago area 
and limited (if any) ability to flee:

    6. Among the findings made by the Court was that the Defendant did
    not have sufficient ties to the community, that her attempted escape
    from an Israeli prison in 1975 evidenced a lack of respect for
    authority, and that, now that she was convicted and facing possible
    prison time, she had no incentive to return to Court for sentencing.

The motion then goes on to list varies offers of proof rebutting the 
court's findings, including:

    C. Attorney James Fennerty, a close friend who has known Ms. Odeh
    since 1984, even before she came to the United States, would testify
    that he is willing to have her live in his home, and to act as her
    custodian, assuring the Court that she would return for sentencing.

    * * *

    G. There are also people from Chicago, who are willing to post their
    homes as surety to guarantee Ms. Odeh's bond. The value of these
    homes exceeds $500,000.

    * * *

    K. Ms. Odeh can be given additional restrictions, including an ankle
    monitor, if necessary, and frequent reporting, as well as special
    supervision by Attorney Fennerty or such other person(s) as the
    Court may find suitable, to satisfy any concern about her staying in

Among the exhibits is a petition signed by dozens of people attesting to 
Odeh's good character and likelihood she will not flee.

The Judge has ordered the government to respond by November 19.

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