For the last 11 years, the case has been making its way through the courts, with “CAIR and its minions us[ing] every tactic in the book, including illegal and unethical practices, to avoid justice,” Lawyer David Yerushalmi said.
Now finally, facing a trial which would have exposed the extortion scheme to the public (as well as the prospect of CAIR having to pay all the legal fees of the victims if they lost), CAIR decided to settle.
Although the financial terms of the settlement are confidential, the victims are “extremely happy,” according to Yerushalmi.
In 2007, the U.S. government labeled CAIR an unindicted co-conspirator in the trial of the Holy Land Foundation for financing the Hamas terrorist group. By November 2014, CAIR was designated as a terrorist organization by the United Arab Emirates along with a host of other Muslim Brotherhood entities.
The fake lawyer scam case began in 2006, when the now-closed Virginia chapter of CAIR hired Morris Days, a man purporting himself to be a lawyer, to give legal advice to local Muslims.
In actuality, Days was not a lawyer, yet charged his clients fees for “pro-bono” legal advice. He led them to believe that he was filing cases for them, which was not true. Believing Days was on top of his immigration appeal, at least one client of Days was deported because of the scam.
The lawsuit brought by Yerushalmi and his American Freedom Law Center in 2008 charged that by November 2007, the Virginia chapter of CAIR found out about the fake lawyer scam and proceeded to cover-up Days’ actions. The lawsuit charged that CAIR not only refused to notify the authorities about the scam, but they also offered some of the victims hush money.
When this strategy started unraveling, the lawsuit charges that CAIR then tried a new cover-up: They closed the Virginia chapter, fired Days and claimed to the victims that Days was not actually a lawyer for CAIR.
“CAIR engaged in a massive criminal fraud in which literally hundreds of CAIR clients have been victimized. In the recent court rulings, the federal courts in our nation’s capital have spoken clearly: CAIR was facing a jury trial for all of its fraudulent behavior and even a nominal judgement would have required CAIR to pay all of our clients’ legal fees accumulated over the past decade. Justice might be slow and circuitous, but it finally came knocking at CAIR’s door for its due. CAIR had no realistic choice but to settle. Our clients are satisfied. They obtained a just result,” Robert J. Muise, the other attorney on the case, said.
The lawsuit was supported financially and strategically by Dr. Daniel Pipes and his organization, Middle East Forum.