Hearing set on appeal for activist over immigration crime

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Posted: Sep 02, 2015 6:15 AM

DETROIT (AP) — A Chicago activist's appeal of the 18-month prison sentence she was given for lying about her convictions for bombings in Israel when she sought U.S. citizenship is scheduled to be heard this fall.

A federal judge in Detroit in March also stripped Rasmieh Odeh of citizenship, meaning she'll be deported, but she was allowed to remain free while she appealed.

Oral arguments are Oct. 14 before the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. The appeal filed earlier this year asks for a sentence that includes no more time behind bars.

Odeh was convicted of two bombings in Jerusalem in 1969, including one that killed two people at a market. But in 2004, she answered "no" on her U.S. citizenship application in Detroit when asked about any past criminal record.