(Article changed on January 7, 2013 at 10:20)
By Bill Fisher
I received an urgent email last week from Khalil Meek, the Executive Director of the Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA).
What Khalil was busting out to tell me (and hopefully several thousand others) was Glenn Greenwald's conclusion that a New York Court of Appeals case containing "a fascinating new ruling (that) unwittingly illustrates the separate system of 'justice' invented for Muslims in the US after 9/11."
Intriguing, right? Read on!
The case involved a "gang-related murder trial in which prosecutors charged the defendant with terrorism. The alleged gang member was convicted, but the New York Court of Appeals completely threw out the terrorism and non-terrorism convictions because, they said:
- Terrorism charges do not apply because the defendant and his acts do not meet the "collective understanding' of what terrorism is (in other words "violence committed by Arabs or Muslims against the west"), and
- Trials that involve terrorism charges allow for otherwise inadmissible evidence that prejudices juries in favor of the prosecution (in other words, terrorism trials are rigged to be unfair, to deny Muslims their legal rights, and to ease the way for convictions)."
Got that? Once more, with feeling: