Federal Judge releases terrorist – prosecution failed to prove its case
Federal prosecutors took a hit on Friday, when U.S. District Judge Gregory Presnell ruled that Marcus Dwayne Robertson must be freed with time served, in spite of remarking that he was a “very bad man.” He rebuked the US prosecutor for doing a “woefully inadequate job” of prosecuting him.
“Notwithstanding the vast investigative resources of the United States, and years of effort, the prosecution’s proof is woefully inadequate. The Court finds that the prosecution has not even come close to proving by a preponderance of the evidence that Robertson’s relatively minor income tax fraud was intended to promote a federal crime of terrorism.”
Authorities allege that during his time as an Imam at the Orlando-based Fundamental Islamic Knowledge Seminary (which he founded in 2008), he radicalized numerous Muslims, and helped them get overseas for terror training. At that time he had “reinvented” himself as Abu Taubah.
Judge Presnell seems to feel that the prosecution failed to tie their charge of income tax fraud to terrorism…therefore the Judge set him free.
The prosecution says that Robertson is “still an extremist, as he has been since the 1990s.”
Fox News reported on Robertson’s background:
Released from active duty in March 1990 as a conscientious objector, Robertson had training in radiotelegraph, scuba diving, marksmanship, parachuting, terrorism counteraction, surveillance, infantry patrolling and finance. A year later, he showed upon federal law enforcement radar when he joined with other former Muslim security guards to form a robbery gang they called the “40 Thieves.” With Robertson as the leader known as “Ali Baba,” they robbed more than 10 banks, private homes and post offices at gunpoint, shot three police officers, and attacked one cop after he was injured by a homemade pipe bomb.
During the same period, Robertson served as a bodyguard to Omar Abdel Rahman, nicknamed the “Blind Sheik,” who led the terrorist group that carried out the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. Robertson also donated more than $300,000 in stolen funds to mosques he attended, prosecutors claim.
Too much knowledge
News media were not allowed access to numerous portions of the court information, due to its “classified” nature. Robertson reportedly has information that could be potentially dangerous to the United States if exposed. But the judge let him out. The only crime he was charged with was tax fraud.
He was shackled and had his very own private guard while held in isolation for 4 years at John E. Polk Correctional in Florida. It was reported that whenever he had to appear in court, it took a 7 car convoy of armed Federal Marshals to get him there.
Whatever prosecutors know about this man, they failed to use it well enough to charge him with any kind of terrorism. It is unclear if or when they will attempt to appeal the sentence.