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JUDGE: AL-ARIAN PLEA DEAL MATTERS
Prosecutors in Tampa agreed he would be exempt from testifying.
St. Petersburg Times - St. Petersburg, Fla.
Author: Laughlin, Meg
Date: Mar 6, 2009
Start Page: B.1
Section: TAMPA BAY
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"The understandings of the prosecutors who negotiated that agreement ... are irrelevant to ([Sami Al-Arian]'s) guilt or innocence" for criminal contempt, wrote the Alexandria federal prosecutors, who maintain they are not bound by an agreement made in another district.

Despite what prosecutors in Tampa agreed to, the Virginia prosecutors argue they had a right to move Al-Arian to Virginia to testify. They also say that when Al-Arian repeatedly refused, citing a good-faith belief his plea agreement protected him, he was guilty of criminal contempt. He "willfully disobeyed," they say.

Despite what prosecutors in Tampa agreed to, the Virginia prosecutors argue they had a right to move Al-Arian to Virginia to testify. They also say that when Al-Arian repeatedly refused, citing a good-faith belief his plea agreement protected him, he was guilty of criminal contempt. He "willfully disobeyed," they say.

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