The Holy Land Foundation trial wrapped up months ahead of schedule but a federal judge has yet to rule on whether the Council on American-Islamic Relations will remain an unindicted co-conspirator in the terrorist-funding case.
The group known as CAIR asked U.S. District Court Chief Judge A. Joe Fish in a “friend of the court” brief last month to remove it from the listing, saying it caused a decline in membership and fundraising.
“The public naming of CAIR as an unindicted co-conspirator has impeded its ability to collect donations as possible donors either do not want to give to them because they think they are a ‘terrorist’ organization or are too scared to give to them because of the possible legal ramifications of donating money to a ‘terrorist’ organization,” CAIR said in the brief filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office last week argued that the court should deny the request, stating its purpose is “not to assist the court as is required of a ‘friend of the court’ brief, but rather to promote its own interests and the interests of other non-parties.”
CAIR filed the brief “in an effort to combat the negative press it allegedly incurred by being identified as a participant in a network of U.S.-based organizations affiliated with the designated foreign terrorist organization, Hamas.”
“The court has entered into evidence a wide array of testimonial and documentary evidence expressly linking CAIR and its founders to the [Holy Land Foundation (HLF)] and its principals …,” the government stated.