On Friday, a U.S. Circuit Court judge in Virginia will either dismiss the criminal contempt case against former University of South Florida professor Sami Al-Arian or set a trial date.

If the judge’s comments in court are any indication of how she’s leaning, Al-Arian’s business with the U.S. government is about to end and he will be one step closer to being deported to Egypt.

Judge Leonie Brinkema has called the case against Al-Arian “troubling” and under “a very significant cloud” because of prosecutors’ failure to produce evidence from Al-Arian’s 2006 plea deal negotiations that could show whether he is innocent of criminal contempt. (More)


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