BREAKING: Prosecutor won't drop charges; AMP staffers' trial set for October
(WASHINGTON DC 04.20.2017) -- AMP staffers Taher Herzallah and Kareem El-Hosseiny may be heading to trial, after federal prosecutors declined to drop the charges against them stemming from their arrest at the Senate confirmation hearing for U.S. ambassador David Friedman.
In a short hearing before Superior Court Judge Marisa Demeo on Thursday morning, the Assistant US Attorney unfortunately failed to drop the charges, as we have demanded. Instead the parties established a schedule for filing the Motion to Dismiss based on selective prosecution, on the grounds the charges result from raicial, religious and ethnic bias.
Motions will be filed over the coming weeks, and a hearing will be held at DC Superior Court, 500 Indiana Ave. NW, at 11:30 a.m. Friday, July 14 in Courtroom 311.
If the motion to dismiss is not successful at that hearing, the jury trial will start on Oct. 12.
AMP was joined by more than 30 supporters, including representatives from Jewish Voice for Peace, Jewish Voice for Peace -DC chapter, IfNotNow, the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights and many others, who rallied in the rain for an hour.
Stay tuned for more updates and action alerts. Please put July 14 on your calendar so we can fill the courtroom.