> From Jeanne Theoharis:
Fahad Hashmi took a government plea bargain. He pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy
for allowing an acquaintance to store waterproof socks, ponchos and raincoats in his apartment.
The government dropped the other three charges.
Fahad made this decision after having served 3 long years in solitary confinement under SAMs
[Special Administrative Measures] and one day after Judge Preska approved the government’s
recent request for an anonymous jury with extra security measures.
In addition to the use of secret evidence and indefinite solitary confinement, the move to have an anonymous jury raised already heightened concerns as to whether a fair trial was even possible
in Fahad’s case. With sentencing scheduled for June 7, Fahad faces a maximum of 15 years, as
opposed to the 70 years he might have faced if he had been convicted on all 4 counts. With time already served (4 years total) and considerations for good behavior, Fahad could be out in less
than 10 years.
(It is of note that on the eve of the trial the government was willing to shave 55 years off the
Today’s decision does not in any way detract from the importance of the work we have been
doing and the civil rights issues that Fahad’s case has raised. The government’s use of Special Administrative Measures and the attacks on due process in “terrorism” cases like Fahad’s
continue to cast a pall on the US justice system.
For that reason, we plan to hold our usual vigil on Monday night outside the Metropolitan Correctional Center: http://www.thawaction.org/. We hope you will spread the word and
Thank you for your steadfast commitment to these crucial civil liberties issues.
Educators for Civil Liberties