A year after being acquitted on terrorism conspiracy charges in the Liberty City 7 case, a Haitian-born Miami man has been ordered deported by an immigration judge.It's not right because Lemorin was acquitted. Not let go because of a hung jury, not on the hook for charges to be reinstated against him. Acquitted. Found to be not guilty of the charges lodged against him. And yet he's going to be sent back to his home country.
Lyglenson Lemorin won acquittal on criminal charges last December after persuading a federal jury that he was only marginally involved in the so-called Liberty City 7, a band of devotees of an inner-city religious group the government contends conspired to blow up the Sears Tower in Chicago and Miami's FBI building in 2006.
Even the judge who heard the immigration case said that Lemorin was "technically" not a member or supporter of al Qaeda (scare quotes courtesy of the Herald). But he's "technically" being sent back to Haiti. When I wrote about this case back in September, I pointed out that the Liberty City Seven trial has been a catastrophe for the Bush Justice Department from the beginning, and that the immigration case being brought against Lemorin smells like ass-covering. I see nothing in this story to change my mind on that.