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Detroit - Jewish Judge Won't Give Up Case Of Arab Activist

Published on: July 31, 2014 08:27 PM
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FILE - Rasmieh Yousef Odeh, center, departs the federal courthouse, October 22, 2013. Photo by APFILE - Rasmieh Yousef Odeh, center, departs the federal courthouse, October 22, 2013. Photo by AP

Detroit - A federal judge with a history of service to the Jewish community won’t step down from a criminal case involving a Chicago Arab-American activist convicted of planting bombs at a Jerusalem market.

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Judge Paul Borman says he’ll be fair in the case of Rasmieh Odeh, who’s charged with lying on immigration forms when she entered the U.S. She didn’t disclose that she was convicted for the 1969 bombing.

Defense attorney Michael Deutsch has questioned Borman’s ability to be impartial. In a 10-page response Thursday, the judge sharply criticized the effort as “irresponsible” and based on “careless and rank speculation.”

Borman says his Jewish heritage doesn’t interfere with his job.

Odeh is the 67-year-old associate director at the Arab American Action Network in Chicago. She’s also known as Rasmea Yousef.



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 Jul 31, 2014 at 11:05 PM Anonymous Says:

The judge at the Nuremberg trials after WWII was also Jewish. The Nazi defense attorney tried the same garbage to have him recuse himself. He responded to the effect -its not about Jews but crimes against humanity. I didn't hear it but heard about it from a teacher in 1968, so I don't have the quote.

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 Jul 31, 2014 at 11:35 PM Anonymous Says:

this is what thois country takes in,, future terror acts

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 Aug 01, 2014 at 12:37 AM Benyeli Says:

Defense attorney Michael deutsch, sounds like a Jewish name, how can he be impartial in defending this poor innocent woman?

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 Aug 01, 2014 at 02:13 AM rabbiyisroel Says:

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Benyeli Says:

Defense attorney Michael deutsch, sounds like a Jewish name, how can he be impartial in defending this poor innocent woman?

Of course she has a jewish lawyer. Makes her case strongler if even a Jew lawyer says she is innocent, ad kama v'kama

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 Aug 01, 2014 at 08:04 AM yonasonw Says:

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Benyeli Says:

Defense attorney Michael deutsch, sounds like a Jewish name, how can he be impartial in defending this poor innocent woman?

Deutsch ist Deutsch auf deutsch, nicht wahr? Have a Git Shabbos

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 Aug 01, 2014 at 08:10 AM yonasonw Says:

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Benyeli Says:

Defense attorney Michael deutsch, sounds like a Jewish name, how can he be impartial in defending this poor innocent woman?

I don't know...I'd feel uncomfortable if the judge trying me for an anti-Arab act was a Muslim community activist named Abdul Yousef, or whatever. And I bet most of you would reject out of hand his claim that he would be fair with me.

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 Aug 01, 2014 at 03:27 PM Benabenja Says:

Why do they call her "activist". She is a terrorist!!!

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