Deadline in Hammoudeh case extended

Sameeh Hammoudeh was acquitted but is still in jail.

By Times Staff
Published March 21, 2006

The government had until 5 p.m. Monday to explain in writing why Sameeh Hammoudeh, who was acquitted in the Sami Al-Arian terrorism case, is still in jail.

But in a conference called Monday by U.S. District Court Judge James Whittemore, assistant U.S. attorneys asked that the deadline for explaining be extended till 10 a.m. today.

Aside from the government's written explanation, Whittemore said Monday that he wants Hammoudeh in court Wednesday for a habeas corpus hearing.

Hammoudeh's attorney, Stephen Bernstein, will argue that his client's continued incarceration is unconstitutional.

Government attorneys will argue that keeping Hammoudeh in jail is justified.