An appeal has been filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington in a claim that the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, tricked hundreds of Muslims who came to the organization for legal help.
David Yerushalmi, senior legal counsel for the American Freedom Law Center, said CAIR “engaged in a massive criminal fraud in which literally hundreds of CAIR clients have been victimized.”
However, U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman, who had been handling the case for five years, suddenly dismissed it.
“In his ruling, Judge Friedman inexplicably ignored material facts that establish CAIR national’s liability and then engaged in a transparently disingenuous ‘weighing’ of the factual evidence he did address – an action which is patently improper when evaluating cross-motions for summary judgment,” Yerushalmi asserted.
“In my 30 years of litigating cases before the federal courts, I have never read a decision so fraught with legal and analytical infirmities,” he said.
The complaint – two lawsuits consolidated by the court – alleged Morris Days, a “resident attorney” and “manager for civil rights” at the organization’s now-closed Maryland-Virginia chapter in Herndon, Virginia, was not a qualified attorney.
The case alleges Days failed to provide legal services for clients who came to CAIR for help.
CAIR knew of the fraud and strategized with Days to keep those who were awaiting help from finding out about the situation, the complaint charges.
CAIR, a purported Muslim civil rights group, has deep ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terror-financing case in U.S. history and has had more than a dozen leaders with known associations with violent jihad.