Eye On Boise archive for June 2004


Time served a factor

U.S. Attorney Tom Moss said his decision not to retry Sami Al-Hussayen on immigration charges came in part because the possible penalty likely wouldn’t have exceeded the 16 months the student already has spent in jail. Even with a conviction and new jail sentence, with...

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Sami's going home

Federal prosecutors have struck a deal with attorneys for Sami Al-Hussayen: They’ll drop the remaining immigration charges against the University of Idaho graduate student, and he’ll drop his appeal of a deportation order and agree to be deported back home to Saudi Arabia.“I think he...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 29, 2004

He Otter know

Congressman Butch Otter said today that he voted against this year’s transportation bill because it didn’t streamline the environmental permitting process for road projects. “It’s still taking us 15 years in order to build a bridge in New Jersey,” he told the Boise Metro Chamber...

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MONDAY, JUNE 21, 2004

Preston back in race against Otter

Democrat Naomi Preston, who earlier had dropped out of her election challenge to GOP Rep. Butch Otter, says she’s back in the race.Democrats had planned to choose a new challenger for the two-term congressman at their state convention over the weekend, but a few days...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 18, 2004

No decision yet on charges

The U.S. Attorney’s office in Boise hasn’t reached a decision yet on whether to retry Sami Al-Hussayen on eight remaining immigration charges, and announced this morning that a decision likely will take “a little more time, a few more days.”Al-Hussayen, a University of Idaho graduate...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 15, 2004

They'll decide on Friday

Federal prosecutors plan to meet on Friday, and decide whether to retry Sami Al-Hussayen on the eight remaining immigration charges. Al-Hussayen was acquitted of three similar immigration charges and three terrorism charges by a unanimous jury after an eight-week trial, but the jury deadlocked on...

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MONDAY, JUNE 14, 2004

The bigger picture

An article over the weekend by reporter Rick Schmitt in the Los Angeles Times includes this insight about Sami Al-Hussayen’s acquittal on terrorism charges:“The verdicts point up a little-known reality of the Justice Department’s war on terror since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001: While...

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Moss praises jurors

U.S. Attorney for Idaho Tom Moss said he was surprised and disappointed by Sami Al-Hussayen’s acquittal on terrorism charges, “but we accept it.”“I think the ladies and gentlemen on the jury did a good job,” Moss said. “They were very attentive throughout the trial. I...

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First Amendment message

David Nevin, lead defense attorney for Sami Al-Hussayen, said as he left the courthouse that he thinks Al-Hussayen's acquittal on terrorism charges sends a message."I hope the message is that the First Amendment is important and meaningful in this country, and actions protected by the...

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Just speculation

Here’s some speculation, since there’s no way to really know. The Sami Al-Hussayen jury has had only three questions for the court that interrupted its deliberations thus far. Could the questions provide a clue to which charges they’ve decided, and which they’re still debating? It’s...

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What could it mean?

Scott McKay, left, Chuck Peterson and David Nevin, defense attorneys for Sami Omar Al-Hussayen, discuss the latest developments in the case just after the jury announced that it’s reached a unanimous verdict on some of the counts, but is at an impasse on the rest....

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Cheerful again

Jurors in the Al-Hussayen trial pushed past 4:45 this afternoon with their deliberations, going about 45 minutes longer than usual, and appeared mostly relaxed and cheerful as they left the courthouse today in several groups. That was a contrast to yesterday, when they reportedly were...

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MONDAY, JUNE 7, 2004

Looking for an end

As jury deliberations began their second week today, an attorney for one material witness was looking for an end. Abdullah Al-Kidd, a former University of Idaho football player, has been waiting to be called as a witness in the Sami Al-Hussayen case since March of...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 4, 2004

No verdict yet, it looks like

Here's the scene outside the federal courthouse this afternoon where the media and its live trucks gathered in anticipation of a verdict in the Sami Al-Hussayen case. But at 3:30 p.m. the judge announced he was calling the jury in at 4 p.m. to dismiss...

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They're rolling now

Jurors in the Sami Al-Hussayen case deliberated from 9 to 4:30 today, and didn’t stop to ask the court any questions. They’ve adjourned for the day now, but will start up again at 9 in the morning.

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Questions on false statements

In the Sami Al-Hussayen jury’s first day of deliberations yesterday, it ran into questions right away about its complex instructions. One of the questions was this: “Does false statement or fraudulent statement include omission by definition?”In answer, Judge Edward Lodge just referred the jurors back...

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Attorneys bow out, jurors take over

As the attorneys on both sides, Al-Hussayen supporters from Moscow, various witnesses and onlookers filtered out of the courthouse after the eight-week trial today, many seemed glad the long trial was finally over. Both David Nevin, lead defense attorney, and U.S. Attorney for Idaho Tom...

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Case goes to jury

Sami Al-Hussayen's case was handed over to the jury just now, after hours of closing arguments and rebuttal. In the final comment, lead prosecutor Kim Lindquist told the court it had been "proven without any doubt that he was involved in business, and what kind...

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'That's not the law'

Right at the culmination of the prosecution's closing arguments, prosecutor Kim Lindquist offered the jury some thoughts about the First Amendment. "The First Amendment is an issue in this case only as it relates to the knowledge or intent of the defendant and his associates,"...

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Reading material

When Assistant U.S. Attorney Kim Lindquist waved a thick transcript of "The Intifada and the New Tartars," a hate-filled, anti-Jewish, anti-Israel and anti-America lecture that a prosecution witness had read in part to jurors earlier in the trial, jurors flinched."Just holding up the transcript makes...

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They're confident

On the eve of today's closing arguments, defense attorneys filed a motion to acquit Sami Al-Hussayen on all the charges. The motion states that based on the testimony of the sole defense witness, even if all the government's evidence is viewed in the most favorable...

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