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PLO Defends Another Terrorist

A Chicago based lawyer failed in a recent bid to keep his terrorist client out of prison.

A Chicago-area activist was sentenced to 18 months in prison Thursday for failing to disclose her convictions for bombings in Israel when she applied to be a U.S. citizen.

Backed by dozens of supporters, Rasmieh Yousef Odeh, 67, of Evergreen Park, will remain free while she appeals. She was sentenced in Detroit's federal court.

Judge Gershwin Drain noted that Odeh was a "terrorist" decades ago but has changed her ways. Nonetheless, he said she lied.

Odeh faces mandatory deportation once she is done serving her time.

Odey had set off two bombs in 1969, one that killed two people. Several others were seriously injured. Odey was originally sentenced to life in prison, but had her sentence reduced as part of a prisoner exchange, records show.

And who was the lawyer representing Odey?

Michael Deutsch.

The Tribune failed to mention in the article the law firm Deutsch belongs to:  the People’s Law Office (PLO), the most prolific wrongful conviction law firm in the city. The PLO has made millions suing the city of Chicago, claiming the police tortured suspects into confessing.

One might wonder what a wrongful conviction law firm is doing representing a terrorist from the Middle East. But the PLO’s defense of terrorists and their crusade to free killers and vilify police officers are manifestations of the same radical political agenda guiding the law firm. Their goal is, and has been, to attack the system, whether it is going after cops in murder cases or supporting terrorists like Odey.

The PLO client list includes the FALN bombers and the NATO three, who were arrested and convicted for making incendiary devices, Molotov cocktails, the police claimed, at the 2012 NATO summit. Investigators stated these offenders planned on throwing the firebombs at police. The PLO also has a long association with other radical terrorists, like Bernadine Dohrn, a founding member of the Weather Underground, a terrorist organization that set off bombs throughout the country, many of them at police stations.

Dohrn eventually ended up at Northwestern University’s Law School, working on wrongful conviction cases. Her radicalism provides a chilling insight into the worldview at the heart of the wrongful conviction movement, one clearly shared by the PLO.


Here is the kind of argument the PLO put forward in defense of Odey:

Deutsch argued that it was “unfair” to question her application after she was granted citizenship and added that her alleged failure to disclose her imprisonment “is not a lie if you interpret it in the proper way,” arguing that many Palestinians were unjustly imprisoned.

Well, no lie is a lie if you “interpret it the right way.” But really, it’s unfair to question the application of a woman who set off two bombs, killing two British citizens?

After the story broke about Odey’s arrest, the National Review discovered this:

Odey — by then a vocal activist in Chicago’s Arab-American community — received certification to work as an Obamacare navigator, and on top of that, received it in one of the states that actually bother to run background checks on in-person counselors. Though a simple Google search would have revealed her shady past, the Illinois Department of Insurance quietly revoked Odeh’s certification only after it became aware of the immigration-fraud investigation.

The PLO is the founding law firm of the wrongful conviction movement. They work together on various cases with other firms and university departments. Despite the ties of this movement to terrorist groups, they have enjoyed a cozy relationship with the local press. Now, however, there are chinks in their armor. In the last year, several wrongful conviction cases have imploded, casting a dark shadow on the legitimacy of the movement and their tactics.  

Attorneys have filed a $40 million lawsuit against Northwestern University over the Anthony Porter wrongful conviction case, alleging that Northwestern Innocence Project investigators framed an innocent man, Alstory Simon, in order to free Porter.

A witness in another wrongful conviction bid, Willie Johson, pleaded guilty last year to perjury, undermining a case involving several wrongful conviction outlets like Northwestern Law School, the law firm, Loevy and Loevy, and the University of Chicago’s Exoneration Project working together. In the Johnson case, both the prosecutor and a judge stated they thought Johnson was lying to the court. The prosecutor indicted him and he took the plea. The media has yet to investigate why three prominent law firms/university law schools are bringing forward fraudulent witnesses.

A judge stated he believed an offender in a horrific rape case, Stanley Wrice, was guilty and that the recantation witnesses used to free him from prison were lying. The judge, Tom Byrne, made the statements in response to Wrice attempting to get a Certificate of Innocence. The local media has yet to explore how and why Wrice was freed from a 100-year sentence and then a judge said he was guilty and his recantation witnesses were lying. The exoneration of Wrice was the work of David Protess’ Chicago Innocence Project.