Saturday, July 12, 2008

That'll teach me... US judge orders jihad terrorist free on bond

Here I was making fun of the UK's catch, release, then feather their nest terror policy and then I read this over at LGF. My head exploded:

A federal judge is overruling government objections and has ordered free on bond a former professor who has been in custody since 2003 as part of a wide-ranging terrorism investigation.

It’s unlikely that former University of South Florida professor Sami Al-Arian will immediately be set free. It’s expected that he’ll be transferred to immigration authorities since he’s subject to deportation.

But U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema’s order could trigger provisions that bar the government from prosecuting Al-Arian for criminal contempt.

Remember when Musharraf declared a state of emergency and fired 60 Islamist sympathizer judges? The 'world community' was outraged, Pakistani lawyers took to the streets en masse - hell, the last time I checked they were still there. What's that tell you? Perhaps, they could be a tad extreme? Whatever, I'm beginning to think that Musharraf has a point and that we could use a little judicial spring cleaning over here ourselves.