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Subject: Eyewitness account of first day of hearing in H. Rap Brown
Eyewitness account of first day of hearing in H. Rap Brown(Imam
THE PROSECUTION HAS NO CASE AGAINST IMAM JAMIL AL-AMIN but JUDGE
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Motisola Abdallah)
Tuesday February 19, 2002 the front page of the AJC (Atlanta
Constitution) carries a full page picture of Imam Jamil Al-Amin with
The caption reads that they are giving each other the "hi five" palm
Muslims who were with the Imam when he was having a moment with his
an account that his son told his dad that he had grown a few inches.
Jamil raised up his hand and told his son to match his hand so that he
see how much he had grown. A very tender and loving moment between
son. An AJC reporter snapped the picture who was right there with the
knew exactly what was going on, put that caption under that picture of
giving each other the "hi five sign" which was totally untrue.
HEAVY POLICE PRESENCE and INTIMIDATION
When we got downtown to the courthouse, the street on both sides were
with riot police fences on both sides of the street surrounding the
courthouse with two man teams of police on motorcycles at each
inside we go through the usual metal detector gate and one would think
is the end of that. But, when we go upstairs to the actual room where
trial is being held, they have set up another security check point
same conveyor belt and metal detector. This is unusual and just one in
intimidations methods going on to discourage supporters.
We are made to wait in long lines with no explanations as to why we
waiting. Some of us had to wait for two hours. When we did get an
the deputies, we were told there were no more seats and the courtroom
full. Upon insisting that we be let in and that we have been waiting
hours, they let some of us in five and ten at a time with another 45
to an hour before they let the next group of five in. Again we go
metal detector. Once we clear that secutiry check point, we are
outside the court room with a metal wand device from head to toe.
This again is another ploy to make supporters discouraged and not
back. A male sherriff ranned the metal detector from my head to my toe
had me turn around and ran the metal detector device up and down my
again, particularly paying close attention to my Hijab, as if I might
hidden something in my scarf. I moved my arm slightly because I
was finished and he told me I had to be searched again with this
I'm searched again. Once I got in the courtroom I noticed there were
of seats in the courtroom. We were lied to that there was no room.
supporters were not allowed in and they eventually went home.
NO MUSLIMS ON THE JURY
The jury is made up of 9 African Americas, two whites and one
As the jury is seated, I immediately notice one man with a big chain
his neck with a cross hanging from it.
Judge Stephanis Manis briefs the jury and proceeds to read them the 13
indictment against Imam Jamil. Manis tries to set the mind set of the
telling them that the defendant enters into this trial innocent and
proven guilty is to be presumed as innocent. She predicts the trial
will go 3
- 5 weeks from 9 am - 6 pm Monday through Friday.
The prosecution opens with a fairly young African American female
attorney who approaches the jury with "please don't shoot me anymore,
don't shoot me anymore". These are the words coming from the officer
shot she says and they will prove to the jury that that man, as she
Imam Jamil, is guilty.
BOGUS ARGUMENTS FROM PROSECUTION
You could tell they were trying to build a case they did not have.
prosecution admitted that the law enforcement officials made mistakes
that there was a lot of confusion that night. She went into how the
will probalby bring up minor things like blood and mistaken id because
very confusing period that night. The prosecution's opening remarks
full of contradictions, holes and half truths. The Judge had to ask
order in the court several times even sending the jurors out while she
admonished the courtroom (us) about making remarks. We were all so
as to how they have no case until many of us could not contain
Miss Kelly Stevens, goes on to say that the evidence will speak for
and that Imam Jamil Abdully Al-Amin is guilty.
Every objection that the defense brings up the judge denies it.
defense openings and within five minutes busted up the prosecution's
remarks and exposes the contradictions, half-truths and lack of any
As Lawyer Martin proceeds, the prosecution makes a couple of
Judge Stephanis Manis sides again with the prosecution. Martin's
were how they closed the case on March28th ignoring key evidence that
of freed Imam Jamil immediately. Martin states that "they got their
would not look into any other evidence. He hammers at how the deputy
tape as to giving the wrong description of the shooter, something the
prosecution Miss Stevens did not speak about in her openings. Mr.
(the Imam's attorney) showed exhibits that busted holes in the
accounts as to what happened that night. Martin says that key
not interviewed that night that saw a short stocky man with an assault
that night, nor did the prosecution or the FBI look into the matter of
seeing a man running away from the scene bleeding that night. The
says that there was no blood trail and that it might have been a dog
bleeding. Another key point is that the deputy, Kinchen, swore the he
his defendant, twice in the chest and once in the head as he was
after being shot by the defendant. No spent casings or shells were
where the deputy says he fired his weapon.
I have pages of notes, but it is clear that the Imam has been set
and every time the defense tries to bring in the FBI involvement and
suspection, Judge Manis shoots it down. Several times the jury was
leave the room, because the supporters are just shocked at what they
witnesses. Imam Jamil was kicked, called a dirty name and spit on by
agent the night he was captured and Martin wants to know how far was
investigated and how was this FBI agent punished and does he still
the FBI and the Judge just about shut the door on these inquiries.
Also, while the deputy was on the witness stand a show was staged by
prosecution and the deputy where he, the deputy would break down
times after being asked key questioned. Martin objected to this but
acknowledging that it may be painful for the the deputy to recall
events, but he felt that it was planned event. Martine moved for a
in lieu of this; of course the judge denied it.
Judge Stephanis Manis reminds me of President Bush. At one point she
out she waived the "all rise" when she enters the courtroom because
that Muslims don't stand or reverence anyone, so the courtroom does
to rise when she enters. President Bush is sending food to Afghanis
having dinner with Muslims at the white house to try and show his
with Muslims. JudgeManis clearly knows that the Imam was set up, there
evidence, he should have been freed long ago and she is boldly siding
the prosecution on every issue. President Bush is guilty of bombing
of Muslims while simultaneously eating with other Muslims here inthe
both are two-faced and cannot be trusted.
Bottom line is that the prosecution has no case and there only
do what they are told to do and that is to get Imam Jamil!
SUPPORT FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY
There are a few people from different parts of the country. New
panther Party was there, Nation of Islam members, Elain Brown, white
Black non-Muslim supports from out of town, and a small dismal showing
Muslims who were basically from the West End. We could do better. But
game is on to discourage us and make us wait.
For the most extensive reporting on Imam Jamil's case, from day one,
www.NewTrendMag.org click on java frames click on NEWS go to
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