On Friday, the American Freedom Law Center (AFLC) along with the Law Offices of David Yerushalmi, P.C. filed an impactful lawsuit supported by “hundreds of pages of evidence,” asking a federal judge to find the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) liable to five of the controversial Islamic group’s former clients for fraud, infliction of emotional distress and breach of fiduciary duty. According to an AFLC official press release:
The legal brief demonstrates beyond any reasonable doubt that CAIR is a criminal organization that deceptively holds itself out to the public as the nation’s largest Muslim-American civil rights organization.
[...] The brief and supporting evidence overwhelmingly demonstrate that CAIR was involved in a massive criminal fraud and cover-up that injured numerous client-victims who had looked to CAIR for legal assistance, yet the CAIR “attorney” allegedly handling their cases was in fact not an attorney.
“According to the facts that are carefully laid out in our legal brief and fully supported by the record evidence,” stated Yerushalmi, “CAIR has engaged in a massive criminal fraud in which numerous CAIR clients have been victimized, and because of the CAIR cover-up many still don’t realize it. The fact that CAIR has victimized Muslims and non-Muslims alike demonstrate that it is only looking out for itself and its ongoing efforts to bilk donors out of millions of dollars of charitable donations thinking they are supporting a legitimate organization.”
AFLC stated, “The supporting evidence, which was compiled after more than a year and a half of contentious discovery that involved numerous document requests, motions to compel the production of documents that CAIR was concealing, and multiple depositions of high-ranking CAIR officials, shows that Morris Days, the “Resident Attorney” and “Civil Rights Manager” at the now defunct CAIR-MD/VA chapter in Herndon, Virginia, was in fact not an attorney and that he failed to provide legal services for clients who came to CAIR for legal representation.
Yerushalmi, who is also co-founder of AFLC, also noted the ties between the Muslim Brotherhood and CAIR, stating, “the evidence has long suggested that CAIR is an organization set up by the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas to further its aims of stealth Jihad in the United States.”
According to AFLC official statement, the brief and supporting evidence were filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in two cases: Saiyed v. CAIR and Lopez v. CAIR. These lawsuits followed an earlier suit which also alleged that CAIR’s fraudulent conduct equated to racketeering, a federal RICO crime. AFLC’s statement reveals that the court ultimately dismissed the RICO counts, concluding that CAIR’s conduct was fraudulent but not a technical violation of RICO.
CAIR, of course, was named by the U.S. Justice Department an “unindicted co-conspirator” in the Holy Land Foundation trial — the largest terror-funding trial in U.S. history.
A memo of the brief can be found here.
And a facts brief can be found here.