Posted by: Ann Corcoran | September 22, 2012

Shariah law creeps into Somali terror-funding trial in MN

Readers:  I’m cross-posting this from Refugee Resettlement Watch for a couple of reasons.  First, the mainstream media (forget even Fox News!) is not telling you about issues relating to Islamists around the US.  Just recently I told you about the Tennessee Muslim who threatened to kill her “infidel” co-workers at Dell, here in this post about the Republican Party (to its great credit!) agreeing on a platform plank on American Law for American Courts Did you ever see that story emerge from the Tennessee press (except for here)? 

And, I am telling you this so that you know there is a legitimate case to be made for keeping Shariah out of the American legal system.

From Refugee Resettlement Watch today:

This is the third and most important story on Somalis this morning at RRW.

I bet you’ve never heard (through the mainstream media) about the trial of two Somali women in Minnesota who were convicted of conspiracy and other charges for sending money to Al-Shabaab, a designated terrorist group, in Somalia.   We first told you about the case here when one of the women told the court that all the “infidels would go to hell.”

By the way, for interested readers the other two stories in my Saturday Somali trifecta are here and here.

From Twin Cities Pioneer Press:

Due to her “religious” beliefs, one defendant (“go to hell infidels”) refused to stand when the Judge entered the court room.

If a Muslim woman wasn’t punished for refusing to stand when a federal judge entered his Minneapolis courtroom, others would have been emboldened to show disrespect for the court, the judge has ruled.

Chief U.S. District Judge Michael Davis wrote that defendant Amina Farah Ali’s silent gesture — which she said was rooted in religious principle — could have led to chaos during her trial on terrorism-related charges last year.

“If Ali were allowed to sit while court is called, it may have been possible that her many sympathizers would have begun to emulate her in a show of support,” Davis wrote in an opinion and order.

“The court was also concerned that allowing Ali to show disrespect for the court by failing to rise would encourage additional signs of disrespect, leading to a loss of control in the courtroom.”

Ali, 36, is one of two Rochester women awaiting sentencing for raising money for al-Shabaab, a group fighting the government of her native Somalia.

In a pretrial hearing and during the first two days of her trial last October, Ali refused to stand when Davis entered or left the courtroom. The “standing requirement,” as it is known, is intended as a show of respect for the legal system in general and not the judge in particular.


Ali and co-defendant Hawo Mohamed Hassan, 65 (who did stand), were convicted of conspiracy and other counts and are awaiting sentencing; each could get 30 years in prison.

So far, so good!  Right!  Now get this!

Ali’s lawyer appealed and the Appeals Court sided with Ali and threw out most of the trial judge’s contempt charges.

Ali’s attorney, Daniel Scott, appealed the contempt citations to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Scott argued that Ali’s actions weren’t disruptive and that because they were sincerely held religious beliefs, Davis was obliged under federal law to find the “least restrictive” way to maintain order in the court.

The appeals court agreed. But the three-judge panel also said judges have discretion in how they run their courtrooms.

The appeals court threw out all but the first contempt citation and sent the matter back to Davis to reconsider. At a hearing Tuesday, Sept. 18, (at which Ali stood when the judge entered) Davis reinstated the contempt citations but then “purged” them, saying he would explain his rulings later in a written order.

Incidentally, we reported last December that Minnesota Hard Left advocacy groups rallied around the cause of these two women, here.

For new readers:   More than 100,000 Somalis have been admitted to the US through the Refugee Resettlement Program of the US State Department, here, and there is no sign of the feds letting up.  Minnesota is one of the top destination states for Somalis.  This post about why so many Somalis are in Minneapolis is one of our most-read posts here (at RRW) almost daily.  In fact, today as I write this, it is our top post.



  1. I am seeing a very disturbing trend in government concerning, what I believe to be, a grand scheme. Call me a conspiracy theorist if you like. The International Resettlement Committee has been dumping refugees, to the tune of about 75,000, give or take, a year. They dump them in quiet little unsuspecting communities in Georgia, Minnesota, and all yea, Hagerstown if you remember. Add to that the number of illegals that are walking across our borders in Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and the least reported on, California.
    And make no mistake about it, these are not all Mexicans, they’re coming from everywhere.
    The federal government is “not only” doing nothing about the influx, but they are actually sueing the states that are trying to do something about it. Counter productive, in my view.
    Now I hear (Rush Limbaugh radio show, Sept. 21,) that Joe Lieberman (SP?) introduced a bill to allow the President to “turn off” the internet. Republicans in the House shot the bill down. Now, according to Limbaugh, Janet Napolitano and the homeland security committee has prepared an EXECUTIVE ORDER, bypassing congress, to allow the internet to be shut down in times of emergency, to be determined by the President. How do you think that;s going to work out?

    President Obama, also through executive order, decides that illegal immigrants here, under the age of thirty, can have work permits, which means, basically, that they are now here legally, instead of illegally.

    Add to this the fact that you, “OK, they,” can register to vote on line, and all they need is a TV bill to establish residency.

    We have a lot of work to do America!

    But all is not lost, we can still win this fight.

    • Greg, a bleak picture, but yes, I think we can still win!

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