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Important Victory for Rabih Haddad, and all other "detainees"!!

The NYT and other major outlets reported yesterday and today a firm rebuke to Ashcroft's "Justice" Department. While this certainly is not the end of Haddad's travails (the gov't already said it will appeal), it could signal a beginning shift in the tide against the administration and its supporters in both parties.
September 18, 2002
Judge May Require Release of Detainee

CHICAGO, Sept. 17 — A federal judge ruled today that a Muslim clergyman accused of funneling money to terrorists should be freed in 10 days or have a new hearing open to the news media and the public with a different immigration judge.

The clergyman, Rabih Haddad, a Lebanese citizen living in Ann Arbor, Mich., has been jailed since Dec. 14 at an immigration prison for overstaying his visa.

David Cole, Mr. Haddad's lawyer, said that although the decision by Judge Nancy G. Edmunds of Federal District Court in Detroit affected only one case, it might set a precedent for similar proceedings, begun nationwide after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Mr. Cole argued that his client should have a new immigration judge because the first one had been tainted by the secrecy of the case.



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