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Former professor facing terrorism charges seeks to dismiss government evidence

[JURIST] Attorneys for Sami Al-Arian, a former professor facing charges of materially supporting terrorism, racketeering and money laundering, have sought to disqualify most of the government's evidence in the case, arguing that it was unconstitutionally obtained. Al-Arian, a former professor at the University of South Florida, and eight others were charged with making up the leadership of Palestinian Islamic Jihad, a group responsible for dozens of attacks in Israel. Al-Arian's attorneys argued that searches that occurred as early as 1995 violated the Fourth Amendment because federal agents seized items before determining their relevance to the case. Read the motion to suppress [PDF]. A complete list of the charges and filings in the case is available here. AP has more.

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