US SupCt upholds former DPS official's conviction

The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the 2007 conviction of a former Detroit Public Schools official who was charged with aiding convicted terrorism plotter Jose Padilla.

The Detroit News reports (http://bit.ly/LMmSv1) the high court without comment Monday refused to hear an appeal from Kifah Jayyousi.

He's a former DPS superintendent and adjunct Wayne State University professor who was convicted of conspiring to murder, kidnap or maim persons overseas.

Jayyousi was sentenced to 12 years and eight months in prison. The 51-year-old is being held at a medium-security prison in Illinois, and his projected release date is September 2017.

The FBI has said Jayyousi founded the American Islamic Group and opened a bank account for the group in 1993 as part of an effort to raise money for "violent jihad."


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