Padilla Co-Defendant Avoided Violence

The trial of Jose Padilla and two codefendants continues in Miami.

Today, Kifah Jayyousi's attorney, Bill Swor, brought out how his client avoided violence.

William Swor sought to prove his client Kifah Wael Jayyousi was driven by his compassion for his fellow Muslims, a defense that began last week when an attorney for co-defendant Adham Amin Hassoun began cross-examining the case's lead FBI agent, John T. Kavanaugh.

And when Jayyousi was dissatisfied with political situations, his attorney argued, he dealt with it in the most civic-minded of ways.

Jayyousi phoned and wrote newspapers, his congressman and the State Department, Swor said. When he was offended by newspapers' publishing of cartoons he believed were insulting to Muslims, the attorney said, Jayyousi participated in letter-writing and phone campaigns. And when a Lebanese radio station employee encouraged him to threaten the Lebanese government, the defendant did not, his attorney said.

Jayyousi also published newsletters that eschewed violence. He attempted to get a hospital built for refugees in Chechnya.

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    by jimakaPPJ on Tue Jun 19, 2007 at 08:45:16 AM EST
    William Swor sought to prove his client Kifah Wael Jayyousi was driven by his compassion for his fellow Muslims,

    Unusal for the defense to do a set up for the motive of the defendent.

    only in bizarro world ... (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by Sailor on Tue Jun 19, 2007 at 10:09:59 AM EST
    ... is compassion considered a motive.

    Real men don't do compassion. (none / 0) (#4)
    by Edger on Tue Jun 19, 2007 at 10:25:40 AM EST
    Urrrrp. Belch.

    An American Citizen... (none / 0) (#2)
    by Edger on Tue Jun 19, 2007 at 09:20:18 AM EST
    Dr. Jayyousi, formerly the chief facilities officer the Washington DC School Board, from July 1999 until April 2001, was arrested on March 27, 2005.

    U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke granted bail to Dr. Kifah Jayyousi on January 5, 2006, in granting bail the judge stated that: '"There is no evidence presented in this case that this defendant did other than travel under his own name, follow the law and register in the United States Embassy, and never used false documents." The Judge also noted that: "There was no evidence of any other criminal contact. There was no evidence presented, as part of this criminal investigation, that this defendant had the kind of extensive foreign contracts and travel."
    Dr. Jayyousi and his wife are both US citizens and are the proud parents of 5 US children. He has served in the US Navy and was honorably discharged in 1988. He taught at Wayne State University College of Engineering, and held a number of high profile public service positions in the engineering profession.

    Kifah Jayyousi

    But (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by squeaky on Tue Jun 19, 2007 at 10:32:47 AM EST
    PPJ can tell that he is a terrorist just by the sound of his name and the fact that he loves Muslims.

    The fact that he has five kids must be very scary for our local racist.


    Oh, yeah. (none / 0) (#6)
    by Edger on Tue Jun 19, 2007 at 10:49:32 AM EST
    I forgot about his extrasensory deception powers.

    And the terrists do get younger every day, don't they?

    Steely resolve instead of compassion is definitely the ticket here.

    No time for girlyman emotions that might slow your reactions on the battlefield.


    Edger (none / 0) (#7)
    by jimakaPPJ on Wed Jun 20, 2007 at 08:24:55 AM EST
    Shall we also put up the bio of Libby??

    Well, sure. If you think it should be. (none / 0) (#10)
    by Edger on Wed Jun 20, 2007 at 11:12:12 AM EST
    Padilla, Adham Amin Hassoun and Kifah Wael Jayyousi face charges they took part in a conspiracy to "murder, kidnap and maim" people overseas.

    I wasn't aware that Libby (and Cheney and Bush and the rest) had also been accused of the same things, ppj.

    Other than by me of course.

    As far as I know Kifah Jayyousi was held in Guantanamo Bay without charges or any other rights due him as an American citizen.

    How long was Scooter Libby held there?


    There's definitely somthing (none / 0) (#9)
    by Edger on Wed Jun 20, 2007 at 10:44:34 AM EST
    :funny: about him, DA.