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A Fulton Superior Court judge today found Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin in contempt of court for interviews published in news outlets, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Judge Stephanie Manis said the Muslim cleric, who faces capital murder charges in the death of a Fulton County deputy and the wounding of another deputy nearly two years ago, would not be allowed to make telephone calls from jail, mail any letters or have any visitors other than his lawyers until jury selection is completed.
"I think the comments of the defendant may taint the jury pool," the judge said.
The New York Times on Sunday published portions of a telephone interview with Al-Amin. In December, the Journal-Constitution published portions of a letter Al-Amin had written to members of his mosque. In the letter, the cleric proclaimed his innocence.
The judge said the timing of Al-Amin's public statements appeared aimed at prejudicing jurors.
"He can profess his innocence, but in the courtroom, not in the newspaper," the judge said.
In the Times interview, Al-Amin was quoted as strongly criticizing the judge's gag order and attributing charges against him to a government conspiracy dating to his days as the 1960s black activist H. Rap Brown.
"I can't even say I'm innocent," Al-Amin complained in the telephone interview with the Times, published in Sunday's editions. "Do you know of any other defendant who is not allowed to say he is innocent? It's just
part of the same continual persecution and prosecution against me, just part and parcel of the same thing..."
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