Celebrity Lawyers Martin Garbus and Daniel Horowitz on New Controversial Case

Jan 22, 2010, 09:10 ET from Martin Garbus and Daniel Horowitz

Garbus and Horowitz in New First Amendment Fight

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Super lawyers Martin Garbus, coined by the NY Times as "A Defender of the Controversial," and Daniel Horowitz, attorney to former Ukraine Prime Minister Pavel Lazarenko, numerous Hollywood stars, national TV personalities and radio hosts, have added a new book to their list of First Amendment cases.

Garbus, who has defended Nelson Mandela, Cesar Chavez, Robert Redford, Spike Lee, Al Pacino, Don Imus, Annie Leibovitz, and the participants in Michael Moore's film, "Sicko," to name a few, has joined Horowitz in a new case that has sparked an FBI search warrant.  

Recently, FBI agents entered the law offices of Cozen O'Connor in DC with a warrant and obtained 12,000 pages of documents gathered by David and Chris Gaubatz in a six-month undercover investigation of the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR).  The documents are cited in Muslim Mafia, published by WND Books (2009).

Horowitz says he is defending co-author David Gabautz because the case is a "continuation of a struggle being carried throughout the world" to guard freedom of speech.

"I think a book has a right to be out there, and any attempt to stop the book, I think, would be violating the First Amendment," Horowitz said.

The FBI cut off its once close working relationship with CAIR a year ago, in response to the group's terrorist ties. Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer of NY and other Senators have called for a government-wide ban on CAIR.  

As an undercover investigator, Chris Gaubatz served as an unpaid intern for CAIR, a group that was designated an unindicted terrorist co-conspirator in the trial of the Texas-based Holy Land Foundation, the largest terrorist-finance case in U.S. history.

The FBI subpoena came after a federal judge in Washington issued a restraining order, requiring that the documents be returned to CAIR's lawyers.  

In a recently filed motion, Horowitz argues that CAIR does not legally exist because just two weeks after CAIR was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the Texas case, the organization changed its name.

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