Terrorist Suspect Seeks to Suppress Statements
Every defendant, regardless of the seriousness of their alleged offense, is entitled to the basic rights contained in the United States Constitution.
The Government is Hyper-Vigilant in the Prosecution of Terrorism But a Strong Defense Lawyer Will Seek to Suppress an Illegally Obtained Statement
Terrorism is a fact of life for our society. We hear about it almost every night on the evening news and have concerns when traveling. No one wants to deal with the fear of terrorism. That having been said – the government is often hyper-vigilant with the investigation and prosecution of suspected terrorists. They are sometimes wrong. Sometimes people are investigated under the guise of “terrorism” when the government is really investigating something unrelated like drugs, weapons, or suspected gang activity. If the law enforcement oversteps and violates a suspect’s rights, their lawyer can seek to suppress a statement so that it is not used in court as evidence.
The attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. have many years of experience dealing with criminal cases filed in the federal courts – where a terrorism charge would be brought. Being an international border city, Detroit is a high-risk target for terrorists and, therefore, on the government’s high watch list. Our attorneys are experts in federal criminal law and can protect a person charged with a crime from abuse by the federal government.
A case pending in the United States District Court in Manhattan involves Abu Anas al-Libi, a person suspected in the 1998 bombings of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. The suspect is seeking to suppress statements he allegedly made to US officials be suppressed because they were made as a result of torture. He alleges that he was subjected to unlawful, threatening, and abusive interrogation tactics. US attorneys respond by saying al-Libi voluntarily waived his Miranda rights and has not alleged any concrete facts to support a constitutional violation; he assumes one exists. While we cannot speak to the facts in the Manhattan case, the attorneys with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. are not afraid to confront the government when there are constitutional violations and request that illegally seized evidence be suppressed. A defense lawyer can seek to suppress a statement through a motion filed with the trial judge.
Criminal Defense Attorneys Will Seek to Suppress a Statement Illegally Obtained by Law Enforcement
Being suspected or charged with terrorism in our society is a big deal. It is a mark against a person’s character and can affect their entire life. It is essential that you have expert legal representation to guide you through the minefield of dealing with the federal government and its extreme desire to prosecute any person it even thinks supports or is involved in any type of “terrorism.” You must have someone standing next to you assuring that your constitutional rights are protected, the government does everything it is required to do, and you and your rights are not abused. If law enforcement crosses the line, it takes a strong, credible defense lawyer to seek and get a statement suppressed in court.
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