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Litigation/Court Cases [series]

The Litigation/Court Cases (8.0 linear feet) series contains eleven subseries: Arab-American Anti-Discrimination (ADC) vs. Janet Reno, Anti-Defamation League (ADL) of B'nai B'rith, Cedar River Lawsuit, Jabara vs. the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Norton F. Dacey et al. vs. George Shultz et al., Other Cases, Palestine Congress of North America vs. Alexander Haig, Police Surveillance, Sirhan B. Sirhan Defense, State of Israel vs. Sami Esmail, and Ziad Abu Eain Defense. The series consists primarily of court documents, correspondence, press clippings, testimonies, and surveillance files related to Jabara's legal cases from the late 1960s to the mid-1980s. It is arranged largely as it was received. Less heavily documented cases have been placed in the Other Cases subseries.

 
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) vs. Janet Reno [subseries]

In this case, respondents sued petitioners for allegedly targeting them for deportation given their connections to the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), a politically unpopular group. When the suit was pending, Congress passed the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996. This act restricted the judicial review power of the Attorney General.

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Correspondence 1995
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Legal Documents 1994-1997
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Legal Documents (cont.) 1994-1997
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Newspaper Articles and Background Research 1995-2000
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Newspaper Articles and Background Research (cont.) 1995-2000
 
Anti-defamation League (ADL) of B'nai B'rith [subseries]

The Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith subseries is dedicated to a case that took place in San Francisco, California. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), formerly known as Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith, is an organization that, among other tasks, monitors activities of extremist organizations and hate groups. The 1993 case involved a San Francisco area antique dealer Roy Bullock, who served as ADL's investigator, and San Francisco police Inspector and former CIA agent Tom Gerard. Bullock and Gerard gathered and forwarded information about individuals and organizations to the ADL. The investigation revealed that through Bullock and Gerard, ADL had compiled files on thousands of individuals and hundreds of groups across the political spectrum, predominantly Arab and Palestinian individuals and organizations, but also organizations such as NAACP, ACLU, labor unions, ACT-UP, Mother Jones magazine, and Jews for Jesus. Jabara was a member of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) legal team working on a lawsuit against ADL. Material in the subseries is mostly dated 1993, unless otherwise specified, and includes legal research and background materials, court documents (pleadings, summaries) and their drafts, correspondence and memoranda, material about related cases, press releases, and unsorted newspaper articles and clippings.

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ADL Defense
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ADL history and background material 1978-1993
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Anti-Defamation League - Fact Finding: Protection Against Extremism 1993-04
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Articles and reports 1983-1994

(by Jabara and others)

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Civil Disturbance Police Guidelines
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Coalition Against Surveillance
 
Correspondence and memoranda
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1976, 1986-1987

(related to case)

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January-June 1993
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July 1993-October 1994
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July 1993-October 1994 (cont.)
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April-August 1995
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June-December 1997
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March-November 1998
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January-December 1999
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January-September 2000
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January 2001
 
Court documents
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Affidavits and Exhibits
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Affidavits and Exhibits (cont.)
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Affidavits and Exhibits (cont.)
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Applications for Settlement Agreement 1995-1999
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Complaints
 
Declarations
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Albert Mokhiber July 1993
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Joanne Hoeper, October 1998
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Paul N. McCloskey Jr., June 1999
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Steven Zeltzer, June 1999
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Discovery
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Motion for Protective Order (ADL) October 1993
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Motion to Discover (Tom Gerard) September 1993
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Notices 1994-1999
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Orders 1995-1999
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Search Warrant (Tom Gerard) (2 folders)
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Stipulation and (Proposed) Order 1998-2000
 
Status Report
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Plaintiffs' Status Report Re Settlement with Defendant the City and County of San Francisco 1998
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Summaries 1993-1998
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Summaries (cont.) 1993-1998
 
FBI FOIA Cover Sheet Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith
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Number 4: 1942-46
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Number 6: 1946-7
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Number 7: 1946-49
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Number 10: 1954-55
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Number 11: 1955-57
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Number 12: 1958-61
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Number 14: 1962-65
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Number 1
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1968
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Number 1: 1950-51
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Number 8: 1950-53
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Number 9: 1953-
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1968-1974
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Number 15 Part 1: 1965-1992
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1978-79
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Law Enforcement Exchanges 1993
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Los Angeles Board of Civil Service hearings 1992
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Newspaper Articles and Clippings 1993-1999

(unsorted)

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Newspaper Articles and Clippings (cont.) 1993-1999
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Newspaper Articles and Clippings (cont.) 1993-1999
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Pasadena, California 1992

(Vicky Tamoush)

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Portland, Oregon ADL
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Press releases
 
Research, legal
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ACLU vs. City of Chicago 1975
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Congressional hearings 1948
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Correspondence and memoranda
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Drafts of court documents
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Irwin Suall
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Other cases against ADL

(inquiry by another firm)

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San Francisco Arab American community
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San Francisco Police Commission
 
Cedar River Lawsuit [subseries]

Brought forth by the Friends of the Cedar River Watershed (1997), this lawsuit was the first in the state of Michigan to challenge a resort's attempt to develop and damage a public river. The resort – Shanty Creek – planned to pump large amounts of water from Cedar River for snow-making and irrigation, as well as use the river as a golf course water hazard. The settlement, however, restructured Shanty Creek's design plan in order to protect Cedar River and minimize environmental damage.

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Cedar River (photograph) (1 photographs)
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Correspondence and Memorandums 1990-1999
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Correspondence and Memorandums (cont.) 1990-1999
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Legal Documents 1997-1999, 1968
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Legal Documents (cont.) 1997-1999
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Pamphlets and Notices 1993-1997
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Pamphlets and Notices (cont.) 1993-1997
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Publications 1971-1999
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Publications (cont.) 1971-1999
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Research and Background Material 1972-1998
 
Jabara vs. Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) [subseries]

The Jabara vs. FBI subseries consists mainly of court documents stemming from the lengthy trial that spanned the administration of several FBI directors, including L. Patrick Gray, Clarence M. Kelley, and William H. Webster. Jabara filed this case against the FBI, asserting that the FBI's investigation of him not only violated his fourth amendment rights, but also a provision of the Privacy Act. The investigation, which began in 1967, was the result of Jabara's interest and involvement in Arab causes. It included physical surveillance, inspection of bank records, warrantless electronic surveillance by the National Security Agency (NSA), and third-party interviews. The files contain a large amount of correspondence, including that between Jabara and John H.F. Shattuck, his ACLU lawyer. Jabara eventually won his case against the FBI in 1984.

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Background Information 1971-1982 (5 folders)
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Case No. 80-1391 Jabara vs. William H. Webster et al.,1980-1981 (7 folders)
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Case No. 82-1682 Jabara vs. William H. Webster et al. (Supreme Court Case) 1982-1983
 
Case No. 39065 Jabara vs. Directors' L. Patrick Gray, Clarence M. Kelley, William H. Webster
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Bank Disclosure Legislation (H.B. 5237) 1975-1976
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Court Documents 1972-1983 (15 folders)
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Court Documents (cont.) 1972-1983 (10 folders)
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Correspondence 1972-1986 (15 folders)
  Vault  
Jabara's FBI File 1968-1975 (4 folders)  [restricted; requires written permission of the donor]
 
Jabara vs. Manufacturer's National Bank of Detroit

The Jabara vs. Manufacturer's National Bank of Detroit subseries documents Jabara's concern that his activities were being observed and investigated by government agencies. By chance, he learned that the Manufacturer's Bank had inquired about accounts held by him at one of its branches. Upon suing the bank, Jabara discovered that this request had been prompted by an FBI inquiry, which then led to his suit against the FBI. Materials in these files include court documents and Jabara's correspondence with bank management.

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Bank Disclosure Litigation Examples 1972-1973
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Correspondence and Other Documents 1972-1974
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Court Documents 1972
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Press Clippings 1974-1983
 
Norton F. Dacey, et al vs. George Shultz, et al [subseries]

Dacey v. Shultz documents Jabara's role as attorney for the prosecution in the Norton Dacey v. George Shultz case, which challenged the national tax-exempt status of the Jewish fundraising organizations - United Jewish Appeal and Reconstituted Jewish Agency. This case claimed that these organizations were raising money to fund the political activities of the state of Israel.

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Clippings 1972
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Clippings (re. Jewish Appeal) 1972
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Clippings (re. Reconstituted Jewish Agency) 1970-1972
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Clippings (re. Reconstituted Jewish Agency) 1970-1972
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Correspondence 1969-1972
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Correspondence and Press Releases 1972
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Court Documents 1973
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Notes on the Case 1972
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Publication: The Legal Status of Israeli-Zionist Fundraising in the U.S.A.: A Lawsuit by Abdeen Jabara
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Research-Jewish Agency (Certificate of Incorporation, etc.) 1972
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Statement before the House Ways and Means Committee 1973
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Supporting Documents 1972-1973 (2 folders)
 
Other Cases [subseries]

This subseries contains court cases/litigation that are of a smaller nature, with less extensive documentation.

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Ariel Sharon vs. Time, Inc. 1983-1984
 
Civil Liberties
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American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) vs. County of Hudson 2002

This document was created in March and faxed in April.

 
Madhavi R. Chintakuntla et al. vs. U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service and Doris Meissner, Commissioner
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May 5, 1996 Publication of Immigration Briefings by Lee J. Teran
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Plaintiffs' Reply to Defendants' Opposition 2000
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North Jersey Media Group, Inc.; New Jersey Law Journal vs. John Ashcroft, Attorney General of the U.S.; Honorable Michael Creppy, Chief Immigration Judge of the U.S
 
Doe vs. Bush
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Legal Documents 2003
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F.R.E.E.D.O.M. v. Henry Kissinger 1975
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Harassment of Dr. Seif El-Wady Ramahi 1973-1975
 
Humanitarian Law Project et al. vs. Janet Reno, Attorney General of the U.S
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Legal Documents 1998
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Legal Documents (cont.) 1998
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Newspaper Article 1998
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Newspaper Article (cont.) 1998
 
Jabara vs. Bank of Commonwealth
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Correspondence and Research 1974-1976
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Court Documents 1975
 
James Lafferty, et al v. William Rogers et al

The Lafferty v. Rogers case is a Freedom of Information Act suit where the prosecutor sued for the right to access documents relating to the United States government's political and military involvement in the Middle East.

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Correspondence 1971-1973
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Court Documents 1971 (3 folders)
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Research 1970-1971 (3 folders)
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Katherine Amen vs. City of Dearborn 1983
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Khalil and Yousef Odah v. State of Israel 1975 (2 folders)
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Nagi Mohamed vs. Chrysler Corporation 1982
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National Lawyers Guild vs. Attorney General et al. 1979
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United States of America vs. Ibrahim Ahmad Suleiman 1997
 
Various Testimonies
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Daniel Pipes - Attempts by Rogue Regimes to Influence U.S. Policy, presented to the Subcommittee on International operations and Human Rights of the House International Affairs Committee 1996-03-19
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National Coalition to Protect Political Freedom Memo 1998-01-16
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Seifeldin Ashmawy's Terrorism and the Middle East Process, submitted to the Subcommittee on Near East and South Asia 1994-12-08
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Statement of Steven Emerson - Foreign Terrorists in America: Five Years after the World Trade Center Bombing, before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology, and Government Information 1998-02-24
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Steve Emerson -- Hamas and Islamic Jihad in the U.S. 1996-03-19
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Summary of Key Parts of the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996
 
Palestine Congress of North America vs. Alexander Haig [subseries]

In Palestine Congress of North American v. Alexander Haig, Jabara represented a group of US citizens who, being landholders in Lebanon, sued the Secretary of State Alexander Haig. They claimed that by providing arms to Israel, the US government was responsible for damaging their property in Lebanon.

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Correspondence 1982-1983
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Court Documents 1983
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Notes and Retainer Agreements 1983
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Research and Press Clippings 1982-1983
 
Police Surveillance (Benkert et al. vs. Michigan State Police) [subseries]

In Benkert vs. Michigan State Police, the Michigan State police were accused of illegally and unconstitutionally collecting information on various political activists. Court documents, correspondence, press clippings and photocopies of Jabara's Detroit police files are contained in this subseries.

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Correspondence 1975-1976
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Correspondence 1982-1983
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Court Documents 1975-1981
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Press Clippings 1975
  Vault  
Jabara's Detroit Police File,1968-1975 (4 folders)  [restricted; requires written permission of the donor]
 
Sirhan B. Sirhan Defense [subseries]

Heavily documented is the case of Sirhan Bishara Sirhan, the Palestinian immigrant who in 1969 was convicted of the murder of Robert F. Kennedy. Jabara, at age 28, became part of the defense team (with George Shibley and Luke McKissack of Los Angeles) that successfully appealed Sirhan's original death sentence. Jabara advised the original defense team (Grant B. Cooper and Russell Parson, later dismissed by Sirhan) on the political, historical, and cultural aspects of the case. Interestingly, despite the closed nature of the case, many conspiracies have arisen as to who really killed RFK. Along with files of court documents, interview transcripts, press clippings, and parole information, this subseries details the failed collaboration agreement between the writer Robert B. Kaiser and Sirhan to produce a book about the case.

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Arguments addressed to the jury 1968
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Bertrand Russell's statement on Middle East from New York Times 1970
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Elizabeth Young Evans vs. Sirhan 1969
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Interviews with Sirhan family members circa 1968 (2 folders)
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Investigative Reports and Transcripts circa 1968-1969
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Jabara's writing about the case 1969
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Notes from the case circa 1969
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Parole Correspondence 1978-1981
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Parole Petition 1975
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Parole Press Clippings 1981
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Parole Respondent Statement 1981
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Parole Rescission Consideration 1981
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People of the State of California vs. Sirhan court documents 1968-1970 (2 folders)
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Press Clippings 1968-1969
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Psychiatric Evaluation 1975
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Report of Investigation Board of Prison Terms 1981
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Robert Kaiser Interview 1968-1970
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Sirhan vs. Kaiser court documents 1970 (6 folders)
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Sociological/Psychological research literature 1956-1968
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Speech written by Jabara (?) concerning Middle East undated
 
State of Israel vs. Sami Esmail (Sami Esmail Defense) [subseries]

Jabara acted as a legal advisor in the defense of Sami Esmail in the State of Israel v. Sami Esmail, an Israeli court case. Sami Esmail, a Palestinian citizen and legal resident of the United States was imprisoned in Israel for alleged involvement in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, considered a terrorist organization by the state of Israel. When visiting his dying father in Israel, Esmail was arrested and signed a confession. Esmail and his supporters claimed that he was tortured, held without legal counsel, and coerced into confessing. He was convicted in 1978 for membership to a hostile organization and served 10 months of his 15 month sentence. This subseries contains clippings and correspondence relating to Esmail's trial and subsequent imprisonment, as well as unofficial transcripts of the court proceedings.

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Clippings 1977-1979 (3 folders)
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Correspondence (FOIA Requests) 1978
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Correspondence (Political Action) 1978
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Correspondence and Press Releases 1978
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Court Documents (Affidavits) 1978-1979
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Israeli Court Transcripts, unofficial 1978 (2 folders)
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Notes 1978
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Sworn Statements 1978
 
Ziad (Ziyad) Abu Eain Defense [subseries]

In this case, Abu Eain was accused of setting off a bomb in a market area in Tiberias, Israel. The bombing killed two young boys and injured more than thirty others. After the bombing, Eain traveled to Chicago where he was arrested and Israel demanded his extradition. Abu Eain, however, sought a writ of habeas corpus to prevent extradition, claiming that there was little evidence for his crimes and that the bombing was politically motivated. The court determined that the bombing was not related to political upheaval, and that he would be surrendered to Israel upon a warrant.

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Abu Eain Defense Committee circa 1981
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American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) 1981
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Buchwald Ruling on Extradition of Desmond Mackin 1981
 
Correspondence
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1979-1982, 1984 (7 folders)
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Arabic circa 1980
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Correspondence, Legal Documents, and Reports 1977-1985 (3 folders)
 
Court Documents
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Case No. 79 M 175 (Extradition of Ziad Abu Eain) 1979 (10 folders)
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Case No. 79 C 5477 (Abu Eain vs. Peter Wilkes, U.S. Marshall for the Northern District of Illinois, in U.S. District Court) 1979-1980 (2 folders)
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Case No. 80-1487 (Abu Eain vs. Peter Wilkes in U.S. Court of Appeals) 1980-1981 (2 folders)
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Various Legal Documents 1979-1981
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Defense Exhibits
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Department of State File (Abu Eain) 1979-1981 (5 folders)
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Desmond Mackin Extradition Case Court Documents 1981
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Extradition Act of 1981 (S. 1639) 1981
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Extradition Information 1982 (2 folders)
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Extradition Legislation 1981-1983 (6 folders)
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Extradition, Political Offenses, and the U.S.-U.K. Treaty 1985
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Grand Jury Investigation 1979
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Human Rights Report, Department of State 1977
 
Jabara vs. Secretary of State (Alexander Haig and George P. Schultz)

(a Freedom of Information (FOIA) case wherein Jabara sued the Secretary of State for access to documents relating the Ziad defense)

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Correspondence 1978-1985 (3 folders)
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Court Documents (Case No. 81-71421) 1981-1984 (11 folders)
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Jamel Yassin Confession and Trial Transcripts 1979, 1980
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Jerome Radick Information, Court Documents 1979-1982
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Mary Brightwell Edwards paper 1981
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Mufida Jabar Confession 1979
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Notes circa 1981-1982
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Petition to Deny Extradition circa 1981
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Photographs (Abu Eain and Pro-Palestinian March) undated
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Political Offense Exception and the Rule of Non-inquiry Extradition paper circa 1982
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Press Clippings 1979-1984 (7 folders)

(one folder is in Arabic)

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Prison and Medical Reports (Abu Eain) 1979-1980
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Receipts and Accounts 1980-1981
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Reports on Mistreatment of Arab Prisoners by Israel circa 1981
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Research, 7th Circuit Judges 1980
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Research, General (4 folders)
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Sami Esmail Information 1978-1979
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Supporting Documents (in Hebrew)
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Support for Abu Eain 1980-1981
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Transcript of Proceedings (partial) 1979