Activist back in Detroit court in immigration case

Associated Press

Detroit — A Chicago activist convicted of lying to get U.S. citizenship has returned to a Detroit court for the first time since a judge was ordered to take another look at her claims of post-traumatic stress disorder from her time in an Israeli prison.

Rasmieh Odeh’s conviction could be thrown out if federal Judge Gershwin Drain says testimony by a PTSD expert is reliable. He excluded it during a 2014 trial.

Attorneys and the judge discussed future hearings Monday. A second trial, if necessary, would be in 2017.

Odeh was convicted for failing to disclose during the citizenship process that she was convicted of bombings in Israel decades ago. She said she believed the questions were related to U.S. crimes.

Odeh is affiliated with the Arab American Action Network in Chicago.