Defense in Islamic charity case faults attorneys

Defense in Islamic charity case faults attorneys

Defense in Islamic charity case faults attorneys

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by Associated Press

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Posted on March 1, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 1 at 5:03 PM

EUGENE -- Defense lawyers seeking a new trial for an official of an Islamic charity have asked a judge to take the U.S. Attorney's Office for Oregon off the case.

U.S. District Judge Michael Hogan said Tuesday in Eugene he would not respond to an oral request, and defense lawyer Steven T. Wax said he would file a written motion.

The unusual request came as Pete Seda, an Iranian-born U.S. citizen, seeks a new trial for helping to smuggle $150,000 to Saudi Arabia through the Ashland office of Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation.

Defense lawyers are trying to get more evidence from prosecutors about why they failed to disclose before trial that the husband of a witness against Seda was a paid FBI informant, and the FBI wanted to pay the witness herself.

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