DETROIT, February, 25 2016- A federal appeals court has overturned the conviction of Rasmieh Odeh, a former Michigan woman found guilty of lying on immigration formsabout her alleged role in bombings in Israel in 1969 that killed two civilians.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled today that “our reversal is based on the categorical exclusion of PTSD-related evidence” from the defense that said Odeh, 68, suffered from trauma that caused her to repress memories of her convictions in Israel.
But the Appeals Court stopped short of deciding “whether a new trial would be required once the evidentiary determination has been made. The judgment of the district court is vacated.”
Odeh’s case drew national attention, becoming a flashpoint in the debate over Israel.
Organizers with the Rasmea Defense Committee said in a statement this afternoon that they “are pleased with the result.”
“This isn’t a full victory yet, of course,” said Nesreen Hasan, a Chicago activist with the committee. “But it really is what we were hoping for and anticipating at this stage. The conviction wasn’t overturned altogether, but at least Judge Drain will be forced to rethink his decision on the torture evidence.”