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Saturday, June 12, 2004

How we see it


Winners and losers

Winner

Paul Richards of Milford saved a quartet of 20-something Southern Californians on a tour of all 30 major-league baseball stadiums from retracing their steps, and pulling out their hair, in search of their lost digital cameras and digital recorder. At the Great American Ball Park, the adventurous baseball fans left their only record of the first third of their ambitious 44-day tour in the parking lot. Richards, who has Reds season weekend tickets, found the bag with the camera gear along with the men's email addresses inside. In a twist of fate Richards, who said he was just trying to do the right thing, was able to return the equipment to the anxious baseball fans at the Chicago White Sox game Tuesday night because he had previously made plans to be in Chicago that day for business. This nice guy hit one for the home team.

Loser

Cleveland FBI: A federal judge in Cleveland Monday ruled out an FBI search as illegal and said evidence could not be used at trial of a Palestinian-born imam accused of hiding ties to terrorist organizations when he applied for citizenship. Fawaz Mohammed Damra, 41, leader of the Islamic Center of Cleveland, is scheduled for trial next week in Akron. He is accused of advocating terrorist attacks against Jews and others. He also has been charged with tax evasion, money laundering, mail and wire fraud. Prosecutors wanted to use one of the seized items, a manifesto of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, but have since downplayed it as only a single piece of intended evidence.,

Still there is no excuse for the authorities to bungle the Jan. 13 search of the imam's suburban Strongsville home. The FBI had an arrest warrant but not a search warrant. Damra's wife consented to the search, but U.S. District Court Judge James S. Gwin ruled the search was unlawful because the FBI had already executed the arrest warrant, had no search warrant and maneuvered to keep the wife from knowing she had the right to ask them to leave. Gwin also was skeptical that mere possession of the manifesto was incriminating. If convicted, Damra could lose his citizenship, be fined $5,000 and sentenced to prison for up to five years. Winners and losers



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