August 10, 2003

Mike Hawash

Mike Hawash, an Intel engineer involved in a terrorism case pled guity to one of the charges against him. This is slightly old news, I was catching-up today.

From the details, it's virtually certain he is actually guilty (pleading is not the same as truth).

I never did say anything when the story was first going around. But I was just musing on the heat I would have taken back then, if I'd have said that I thought he was in fact guilty.

Anyway, I was curious as to how well the cheap talk was matched with expensive donations. According to the Portland Tribune:

Some of Hawash's supporters started a legal defense fund after his arrest, raising approximately $20,000. To some of the people who wrote on the site, Hawash's arrest was proof that the war on terrorism had spun out of control and was trampling the rights of American citizens.

So, $20,000, which is consistent with what was posted earlier on the, regarding $15,000 (or maybe from the same source). It's nice that his coworkers supported him.

Not bad in relative terms, though he was cause-celebre. But in absolute terms, it's not close to what a criminal trial costs.

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in legal | on August 10, 2003 11:59 PM (Infothought permalink) | Followups
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