When they were unable to trap him in criminal charges, the FBI called Alexander for an interview. This is a common practice: if entrapment is not effective, they try to catch you in a lie during an FBI interview. The purpose of this kind of interview is to create a crime. They asked Alexander whether he had plans to travel to Syria and whether he was participating in a fake terrorism plan created by the FBI undercover agent. Based on his responses, they tried to accuse him of making false statements, which was not the case.
The MLFA-funded Constitutional Law Center for Muslims in America (CLCMA) joined with Alexander’s appointed counsel to defend Alexander’s intentions and statements in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Fourth Circuit judges were concerned about the government’s entrapment of Mr. Smith and asked the government many questions related to their conduct in the investigation. We are eager to see what the Court decides.
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