Dr. Sami Al-Arian,a former Florida professor accused of helping lead a terrorist group that has carried out suicide bombings against Israel was acquitted on several charges Tuesday, and the jury deadlocked on the other counts reports ABC News.
The case against Sami Al-Arian, 47, had been seen as one of the biggest courtroom tests yet of the Patriot Act's expanded search-and-surveillance powers.Al-Arian, a former University of South Florida computer engineering professor, wept after the verdicts, and his attorney, Linda Moreno hugged him. He will return to jail until prosecutors decide whether to retry him on the deadlocked charges.
The United Faculty of Florida, University of South Florida Chapter defended the Due Process rights, and Academic Freedom & Tenure rights of USF Professor Sami Al-Arian and has documented the extensive history of the case.
See website "Free Sami Al-Arian: Political Prisoner Since February 20, 2003."