Appealing the November 2014 federal conviction of prominent Palestinian-American activist Rasmea Odeh, lead defense attorney Michael Deutsch gave a powerful oral argument in front of a panel of three judges—Alice Batchelder, Karen Moore, and John Rogers—in Cincinnati, at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.
While the charges being appealed deal with minor problems on her immigration application, the truth is this is a political trial about U.S. Empire. The U.S. government is acting viciously, spending millions of tax dollars targeting a victim of Israeli military torture.
Additionally, [Judge] Drain revoked Odeh's American citizenship; she will be deported at the conclusion of her sentence. Odeh's attorney, Michael Deutcsch, told the Free Press after the sentencing that he will appeal. "It was excessive," Deutsch said. "She's not a terrorist. She was fighting for freedom" against what he called a "brutal occupation that continues today."
"There is Islamaphobia, and it's moved from being a personal tool of oppression to structural and institutional," [Abudayyeh] explained. "Even non-prominent Muslims are being caught up in law enforcement entrapment on both coasts now. The majority of the prominent Muslims caught up in that net have in common that they are Palestinian organizers and are More