Press Conference for Justice Held in Nation’s Capital

Complaint Filed Against Prosecutor
Wash., D.C. – April 24, 2009 –
Nearly fifty supporters, many representing local and national civil and human rights organizations, attended a press conference in front of the Department of Justice in Washington on Friday. On a day that was to see a possible resolution of Dr. Sami Al-Arian’s case, groups from around the country gathered at the Justice Department. The press conference was called after Federal Judge Leonie Brinkema canceled a hearing in Alexandria, VA, scheduled for this morning, that was to determine whether the criminal contempt charges against Dr. Al-Arian would be dismissed.

Sponsored by the Tampa-based Friends of Human Rights, the press conference featured speakers representing a number of major organizations from around the country. They called on the Department of Justice to honor its plea agreement with Dr. Al-Arian, and to drop the charges against him.
MPAC files a complaint to the DOJ regarding Federal prosecutor Kromberg
Alexandria Courthouse

The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) filed on April 24th, 2009, a complaint to the Department of Justice Office of Professional Responsibility against the anti-Muslim conduct of DOJ prosecutor Gordon Kromberg.

The Muslim civil rights advocacy group also released a statement that read in part: “Discriminatory statements have no place in our courts and Mr. Kromberg has become a stain on the great standing and reputation of the Department of Justice and the American judicial system.” It continued: “We are confident that Attorney General Holder will make clear that the Department of Justice will not tolerate its attorneys making generalizations about members of a particular race, religion or ethnic group in our courts.”

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