Rasmieh (Rasmea) Odeh, the terrorist convicted in Israel of a supermarket bombing that killed two students, was convicted in federal court in Detroit on November 10, 2014, of immigration fraud for lying on her visa and naturalization applications.
For details on why Odeh was guilty as charged in Israel and Detroit, see my post Rasmea Odeh rightly convicted of Israeli supermarket bombing and U.S. immigration fraud
She faces 10 years in prison, but likely will receive a much lower sentence.
After conviction, the Judge revoked Odeh’s bond since she was a flight risk. After a motion for reconsideration, the Judge this afternoon granted her $50,000 cash bond, finding she was not a likely flight risk, but did have problems with honesty.
The full Order is below.
The Order reads, in part:
…. Defendant stands convicted of a crime that will result in not only a certain sentence, but also certain removal from the United States upon completion of that sentence. At her trial, Douglas Pierce, Section Chief for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service in the Detroit office, testified that Defendant’s conviction in Israel, if it had been honestly disclosed, would have rendered her inadmissible for entry into the United States. Her conviction in Israel would have demonstrated a lack of good moral character that is required for eligibility to immigrate.
Additionally, the Government has made compelling arguments concerning Defendant’s seeming proclivity for dishonesty, as well as her apparent disdain for this Court’s Orders. It is of course not lost on this Court that Defendant’s testimony concerning her escape from prison in Israel suggests her belief that her actions were warranted because her conviction was unjustified Defendant has expressed a similar feeling concerning her recent conviction for unlawful procurement of naturalization.
However, Defendant’s dedication to her community work and the people that such work assists, as well as the presence of relatives in Chicago, demonstrates by clear and convincing evidence that she is not as significant a flight risk as originally believed. Yet, her substantial disdain for this Court’s Orders causes the Court to conclude that a substantial bond is required to ensure her appearance in March for sentencing….
As such, the Court will require a cash bond in the amount of $50,000.00 to ensure her presence for sentencing in March of next year. Additionally, the Court will require Defendant to report, bi-weekly, to the probation department for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
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