L.A. Eight case dismissed

The US government for twenty years has tried to deport eight Palestinian activists in Los Angeles who were doing nothing illegal. They twice got laws changed so as to prosecute them again, slimed them with guilt by association, and get this, never actually filed any criminal charges against them.

Yesterday a judge dismissed the case, slamming the government for “gross failure” to produce exculpatory information, saying it violated the defendant’s constitutional rights, and was “an embarrassment to the rule of law.”

Given the government has spent millions of dollars on this case and lost every round, a rational person would think they will not appeal, especially given the judge’s scathing comments. But we are not dealing with a rational prosecution here.

However, this is a huge victory. Let’s hope it ends here and the L.A. Eight can get on with their lives.

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