Rasmea Odeh emergency response rallies!

The Committee to Stop FBI Repression is part of the Rasmea Defense Committee. We contend that Judge Gershwin Drain did not allow for a full and fair trial. We believe this is why Rasmea was convicted and sentenced to 18 months in prison and deportation.

We are confident that Rasmea Odeh has solid arguments on appeal, and wrote in late July that the "defense argues conclusively that the government 'never really addresses the basic constitutional deprivations asserted in Ms. Odeh’s opening appellate brief,' and that Rasmea is 'entitled to present her complete defense to the jury,' which can only happen in a new trial."

Three appellate judges heard the oral arguments on October 14, 2015 and we are expecting their decision any day now. If the court agrees with the defense and overturns the conviction and the sentencing, the case gets sent back to the prosecution, to possibly refile charges, whereupon the entire trial process begins anew.  This time however, the evidence of Israeli torture and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) will be allowed into the courtroom.

If the court upholds the conviction but disagrees with the sentence, the appellate judges send new sentencing guidelines back to Judge Drain for re-sentencing.

In the worst possible scenario, Rasmea Odeh’s conviction and sentencing is upheld, meaning she would has to serve 18 months in prison and then is deported.  If this happens, the defense can ask that all of the 6th Circuit appellate court judges, not just the three panelists, review the case in a final effort to win the appeal.

We are fundraising, organizing public events, and explaining Rasmea's story to media across the country and the world. We are organizing for emergency protests at Federal Buildings if our appeal is rejected.

Visit www.justice4rasmea.org for more information or email justice4rasmea@uspcn.org with any questions.


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