[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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