Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The terror suspect said she didn't have to rise

Inch by inch, step by step the Islamists are winning the jihad. In this case a woman being tried for raising money for Islamic terrorists is defying the judge in her trial by not standing at the beginning of each session. Since the judge has allowed her to do this several times without jailing her for contempt, he has allowed her to take control of his courtroom. Her refusal to stand is a direct challenge to the authority of the government. We have got to realize that a dedicated jihadi will continue to fight with any means at their disposal.


The terror suspect said she didn't have to rise. The judge disagreed.

By David Hanners
Updated: 10/03/2011 11:00:05 PM CDT

Jury selection was expected to continue today in the trial of two Minnesota women accused of raising money for terrorists, but one of them might have to watch the trial on closed-circuit TV from a holding cell.

Testing the waning patience of Chief U.S. District Judge Michael Davis, defendant Amina Farah Ali refused to stand Monday when court was called to order or recessed during jury selection in her trial with co-defendant Hawo Mohamed Hassan in federal court in Minneapolis.

Ali, 35, of Rochester, claimed that her Muslim teachings - in particular, her interpretation of hadith, collections of sayings of the Prophet Muhammad - made her believe it was wrong to stand when a clerk cried, "All rise."

"I was told that there's a freedom of religion in this country," Ali told the judge at one point. "I don't think I should be punished or inconvenienced in any way for practicing my religion."

Davis, unmoved, said it wasn't a matter of religious freedom but rather court decorum. By the time jury selection ended for the day at 4:30 p.m., he had found her in contempt five times and vowed to keep doing it every time she refused to stand.

He said there was a limit, though. Ali had been free while she awaited trial, and Davis ordered her taken into custody and told her that if she persisted, she would watch the trial via television in a separate room.

Over the lunch hour, court technicians set up and tested the video feed.

Ali's co-defendant, Hassan, 64, also of Rochester, rose when court was called to order, as did about a dozen Somali women and a handful of men in the gallery. At one point, a female spectator did not rise when the judge entered the courtroom, but a court security officer told her to stand, and she did.

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