Muslims react to Imam Jamil Al-Amin verdict
On Monday, March 11, the National Support Committee for Imam Jamil Al-Amin* will hold a news conference in Atlanta, Ga., to offer the American Muslim community's reaction to today's verdict by an Atlanta jury that found Al-Amin guilty of killing one Fulton County sheriff's deputy and wounding another. The news conference will take place at 10 a.m. (EST) in front of Atlanta's Fulton County Courthouse, located at the corner of Martin Luther King and Pryor streets.
In a statement issued today, the support committee said:
"We do not believe the facts presented in court warranted a guilty verdict against Imam Jamil. His defense team offered credible evidence indicating that he was not the person who shot the deputies. We believe Imam Jamil will be exonerated on appeal.
"Because the death penalty has been disproportionately applied to minority defendants in America, we oppose its use in this, or any other trial.
"The American Muslim community and its leadership will continue to support the cause of justice in this case and will work to ensure that Imam Jamil is able to exercise all the rights he is entitled to under the law."
* The National Support Committee for Imam Jamil: (in alphabetical order) Al-Ummah (Imam Jamil Al-Amin), American Muslim Alliance, American Muslim Foundation, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Islamic Circle of North America, Islamic Society of North America, Muslim Alliance in North America, Muslim American Society, Muslim Public Affairs Council, Students Alliance for Imam Jamil, Women in Islam Justice Committee