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Detroit judge delays trial for Chicago Palestinian activist

DETROIT (AP) – A judge in Detroit has moved a January trial to May in the case of a Chicago Palestinian activist who didn’t disclose her time in an Israeli prison when she got U.S. citizenship.

Federal Judge Gershwin Drain granted an extension sought by lawyers for Rasmea Odeh (OH’-duh). The government now wants to present evidence that she was affiliated with terrorists decades ago.

Odeh is accused of lying about her past during the citizenship process in Detroit in 2004. She was convicted in 2014 but is getting a second trial on May 16. Odeh successfully argued that she should have been allowed to show that she was experiencing post-traumatic stress when she answered questions.

Odeh was convicted of two bombings in Israel in 1969. She says she was tortured into confessing.

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