Detroit terror suspect released after conviction overturned Chris Buell at 9:31 AM ET
A man arrested in the wake of Sept. 11 and convicted on terrorism charges has been released from prison several weeks after a judge overturned his conviction due to a mistake-riddled case. Karim Koubriti, a 26-year-old Moroccan immigrant, was released to a halfway house Tuesday, where he will remain pending another prosecution for document fraud. Koubriti was arrested along with three others in the week after the Sept. 11 terror attacks in a case championed by the government as a leading terrorism case. Three of the four were ultimately convicted, two on terror charges, but the convictions unraveled after mistakes were revealed in the prosecution and the Department of Justice admitted doubts about the strength of the case. US District Judge Gerald E. Rosen threw out the convictions earlier this month. Documents in the case against Koubriti are available here. The Detroit News has local coverage, as well as background on the case. The New York Times has more.
Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible, ad-free format.