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Dr. Al-Arian's Attorneys

Dr. Al-Arian's Lawyers in Virginia (2007-current)

JONATHAN TURLEY, Washington, DCturley_jonathan.jpg

Professor Jonathan Turley is a nationally recognized legal scholar who has written extensively in areas ranging from constitutional law to legal theory to tort law.

He has written over three dozen academic articles that have appeared in a variety of leading law journals at Cornell, Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Northwestern, and other schools.

Professor Turley joined the George Washington faculty in 1990 and, in 1998, was given the prestigious Shapiro Chair for Public Interest Law, the youngest chaired professor in the school’s history. In addition to his extensive publications, Professor Turley has served as counsel in some of the most notable cases in the last two decades. Professor Turley has also served as counsel in a variety of national security cases.

Professor Turley is a frequent witness before the House and Senate on constitutional and statutory issues. Professor Turley is also a nationally recognized legal commentator. Professor Turley was ranked as 38th in the top 100 most cited “public intellectuals”. Turley was also found to be the second most cited law professor in the country. He has been repeatedly ranked in the nation’s top 500 lawyers in annual surveys - one of onlya handful of academics. In prior years, he was ranked as one of the nation’s top ten lawyers in military law cases as well as one of the top 40 lawyers under 40.

Professor Turley’s articles on legal and policy issues appear regularly in national publications with over 500 articles in such newspapers as the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times and Wall Street Journal. He is on the Board of Contributors of USA Today. In 2005, Turley was given the Columnist of the Year award for Single-Issue Advocacy for his columns on civil liberties by the Aspen Institute and the Week Magazine. Professor Turley also appears regularly as a legal expert on all of the major television networks.

Since the 1990s, he has worked under contract as the on-air Legal Analyst for NBC News, CBS News, and MSNBC. Professor Turley is often a guest on Sunday talk shows with over two-dozen appearances on Meet the Press, ABC This Week, Face the Nation, and Fox Sunday.

Professor Turley teaches courses on constitutional lawas well as constitutional criminal law.

Professor Turley received his B.A. at the University of Chicago and his J.D. at Northwestern. (In 2008, he was given an honorary Doctorate of Law from John Marshall Law School for his contributions to civil liberties and the public interest).


Philip J. Meitl of Bryan Cave, Washington, DC

meitl.jpg Philip (PJ) Meitl's practice focuses on matters involving government and internal investigations, securities enforcement and civil litigation. Mr. Meitl has assisted in the defense of domestic and international clients under criminal investigation by federal law enforcement agencies, and has been involved in trial litigation in numerous jurisdictions.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Meitl interned in the fraud and public corruption unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, working on a variety of white-collar criminal matters. During law school, he served as editor-in-chief of the American Criminal Law Review,known for its "Annual Survey on White-Collar Crime".


William E.  Olson of Bryan Cave, Washington, DC (2007-2010)



William Olson’s practice includes representing individuals in criminal matters pending before federal courts and counseling corporations and individuals on regulatory and criminal law matters.



Dr. Al-Arian appeals' Lawyers before the 11th circuit (2006-2008)

erlinder_c_peter_.jpgC. Peter Erlinder, St. Paul, MN

William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, MN,  professor of law since 1982.

Professor Erlinder is a frequent litigator or consultant, often pro bono, in cases involving the death penalty, civil rights, claims of government and police misconduct, and criminal defense of political activists. He is also a frequent news commentator.

National president, National Lawyers Guild, 1993–97. Founding board member, National Coalition to Protect Political Freedom, Washington, DC. Member, National Conference of Bill of Rights Defense Committees Steering Committee, Washington, DC.


Jack E. Fernandez, Jr. of Zuckerman-Spaeder, Tampa, FL

fernandez jack.jpgWith experience placing him in the center of many of the most high-profile issues of our day, Jack E. Fernandez Jr. concentrates his practice on state and federal False Claims Act, criminal, and white collar litigation. His clients range from Fortune 500 companies to healthcare providers to a Middle Eastern country to individual corporate executives.

Before entering private practice, Mr. Fernandez served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Florida, where he investigated, tried, and argued appeals in numerous complex federal cases, including defense contractor fraud, healthcare fraud, tax and securities fraud, satellite signal piracy, and intellectual property cases. He was one of the founding members of the U.S. Attorney’s Health Care Fraud Task Force for the Middle District of Florida.

Lee Fugate of Zuckerman-Spaeder, Tampa, FL
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Before entering private practice, Mr. Fugate served as a state prosecutor in Florida. While a state prosecutor, he was involved in trials dealing with complex public corruption, racketeering, and complex narcotics smuggling cases.

Dr. Al-Arian Lawyers for the Florida case  (2003-2006)


William B. Moffitt , Washington, DC

On Oct. 29, 2003, Al-Arian hired Washington, D.C., attorney William B.Moffitt.

Bill Moffitt is a past president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America publication on numerous occasions. Moffitt has also been featured as a legal expert on a number of television networks.

A local Florida newspaper reported in 2004 that Bill Moffitt "dedicated his professional life to holding the U.S. government to the principles it espouses to the rest of the world. Moffitt is passionate in his defense of Al-Arian, having long spoken out on issues of race and political freedom."

"I've always felt that in times of crises, we sometimes pick out people to be made the devils," Moffitt told the paper.

He also described the Al-Arian case as the first "civil rights case of the 21st century."

Mr. Moffitt passed away on April 24, 2009. (See Dr. Al-Arian mourning his friend and former attorney.)

Linda Moreno Tampa, FL


Linda Moreno was Dr. Al-Arian's local attorney in Tampa, Florida. She has been a criminal defense attorney for the past 30 years. She is known as a passionate and experienced criminal defense lawyer defending political cases including Palestinians and Native Americans.

Since Dr. Al-Arian's trial, she has been the most experienced and sought after crminal defense attorney in the country on national security cases including other cases in Florida, Texas, Michigan, New York, Missouri, Illinois, Guantanamo Bay and many others.


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Documents & Releases

Statement of Chairs of American Muslim Task-Force on Civil Rights and Elections  (AMT) and  Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

Howard Zinn Statement on Professor Al-Arian



March 2000

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January 2009

To be patriotic is to be able to question government policy in times of crisis.
To be patriotic is to stand up for the Bill of Rights and the Constitution in times of uncertainty and insecurity.
To be patriotic is to  speak up against the powerful in defense of the weak and the voiceless.
To be patriotic is to be willing to pay the price to preserve our freedoms, dignity, and rights.
To be patriotic is to
challenge the abuses of the PATRIOT Act.
From a speech by Dr. Al-Arian


UFF Summary: Al-Arian and USF


Announcement of Book: The Al-Arian Reader

A new compilation of all relevant articles to be released soon by the National Liberty Fund

Selected Poems
by Sami Al-Arian

We Shall Rise

To Maya Angelou
Like the dream of the slave
You rise
And with the scream of the brave
I shall rise
In honoring the memory of your ancestors
You rise
With my stateless brothers and sisters
I shall rise
Like dust in the sunlight
You rise
And as ashes in a fiery night
I shall rise
You offend
Because of your existence
And I
For my resistance
You upset them
Recalling their past
And I
By holding steadfast
They may trod you in dirt
May cause me all the hurt
Inflict upon you excruciating pain
While they shut me up and detain
But they won't see you broken
Neither would my faith be forsaken
As you've never bowed your head
And never lowered your eyes
I'll continue to raise my fist
And hide my mother's cries
They may shoot you with their words
Cut me up with their swords
They may insult you with their eyes
Denigrate me with their lies
Trying to kill you with their hate
Bury me alive to seal my fate
But they'd certainly
Be shamed and fail
As the free chant and sing
On their march to prevail
So keep your head held high
As I follow you and try
And keep your beautiful smile
As I walk my first mile
They'll pressure and blame
Throw us in prison to control and tame
They'll exile and defame
Lynch us all or shoot and maim
Burn crosses with no shame
Target our children in a dirty game
But why is that a surprise?
Despite their evil and terror
Their falsehood and lies
You shall rise
And I shall rise
You're the black ocean
Leaping and wide
I'm the Mediterranean
With a stormy tide
Staying together
Side by side
It's no surprise
We shall rise
Surely shall rise
We together shall rise
No Longer Afraid
For us to feel "secure"
What price is being paid?
If living in freedom
Why are we afraid?
Fear is everywhere
All around
Perhaps irrational
But without any bound
You can see it on our faces
Sense it in our eyes
You can hear it in our whispers
Feel it in our cries
More>>No Longer Afraid
The Bird and The Vulture
The bird was chirping
In a house on a tree
But the vulture was angry
Because it was free
When the bird is singing
The vulture ain't safe
More>>The Bird and The Vulture
The Smile of Freedom
He looked like
A body-builder
Tall, tough, and full
All muscles and no fat
His mind was simple
Suited to follow orders
No questions asked
Acting mean and mechanical
Like any bureaucrat
More>>The Smile ...
In the Name of Freedom
In the name of freedom
We shall rule the world
To spread democracy
And set you free
In the name of freedom
We’ll descend on you
To make you civilized
Modern and orderly
More>>In the Name ...
The Accused: Franz Kafka Meets George Orwell in 21st Century America
Act I: The Mother of all Evidence
Act II- Weapons of Mass Deception
Act III: Silencing of the Lambs
Act IV: Attacks of the Wolves
Act V: Occupied Territory
Act VI: Police State
Act VII: Official Obituary
Act VIII: A Close Encounter of the Scariest Kind
Act IX: The Inquisition
Act X- Conspiracy Theory
Act XI- Secret Trials
Act XII- Silent Pain and Teary Eyes
Act XIII- True Patriot Acts
Do Not Sign
Rights are not for sale
History is not kind
On those who sell their people out,
Betray their cause,
Surrender their land
To tow the line
Do not sign
More>>Do Not Sign
Rachel Corrie: Daughter of Palestine
The most gentle
Amongst all honorable
Had a spirit
As dazzling as
The garden of
More>>Daughter of Palestine
Ole Jerusalem
O Ole Jerusalem
I feel your pain
I hear your cries
The light thunder
In the darkness
And the heavy rain
I see the steady bleeding
Of your wound
With its mark and stain
More>>Ole Jerusalem
Patrick Henry
A revolutionary
At heart
A patriot
From the start
Loved by his country
To the core
Defended freedom
Even more
Hated arrogance
In shape and tone
Fought tyranny
With every bone
He was the conscience
Of his people
Striking fear in the enemy
And made it feeble
More>> Patrick Henry
An overwhelming feeling
Of bitterness
Of hatred and rage
Trapped in a cage
Disappointment and anger
Continuing to linger
Wounding of dignity
Violating your virginity
More>> Injustice
Political Riddles
He sees the world as black and white
His solution to every quandary is fight with might
The economy will not stimulate
Because he can’t articulate
While jobs are gone
He says, “bring ‘em on.”
Who is he?
He likes to be called the General
The head of an agency that’s federal
If you spit on the sidewalk
He’ll send the Incredible Hulk
He hates to cite truth or fact
Because he’s busy promoting his unpatriotic act
He frequents TV cameras with a smash
The first part of his last name sounds like trash
Who is he?
He is the ideal dutiful poodle they say
From an empire where the sun did not set one day
He adores his cowboy friend and considers him a fan
And insists: I’m nobody’s yes-man
When the cowboy says no, I say no
Who is he?
More>>Political Riddles