Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has been ordered to stand trial for a massive fraud scheme and subsequent cover up. There are hundreds of victims of CAIR’s fraud. There was originally two cases against CAIR and when they went before Judge Paul Friedman, the federal judge presiding over a five-year old lawsuit, he dismissed the cases much to the surprise of everyone. Judge Friedman is best known for allowing attempted presidential assassin, John Hinckley to leave custody and spend time freely with his mother.
The case was immediately appealed and last week the DC Circuit court reinstated the two cases and allowed them to be combined. The case revolves around Morris Days, who represented himself as a lawyer, even though CAIR knew that not to be the case. After the lawsuits and complaints started, CAIR tried to cover it up by telling clients that Days was never a CAIR employee, in an effort to squash the problem. The cover up is always worse than the original crime and it’s what trips up the most people and groups.
The pending lawsuits allege that Morris Days, the “Resident Attorney” and “Manager for Civil Rights” 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. As alleged, CAIR knew of this fraud and purposefully conspired with Days to keep the CAIR clients from discovering that their legal matters were being mishandled or not handled at all. Furthermore, the complaints allege that according to CAIR internal documents, there were hundreds of victims of the CAIR fraud scheme.
According to court documents, CAIR knew or should have known that Days was not a lawyer when it hired him. But, like many criminal organizations, things got worse when CAIR officials were confronted with clear evidence of Days’ fraudulent conduct. Rather than come clean and attempt to rectify past wrongs, CAIR conspired with its Virginia Chapter to conceal and further the fraud.
To this end, CAIR officials purposefully concealed the truth about Days from their clients, law enforcement, the Virginia and D.C. state bar associations, and the media. When CAIR did get irate calls from clients about Days’ failure to provide competent legal services, CAIR fraudulently deceived their clients about Days’ relationship to CAIR, suggesting he was never actually employed by CAIR, and even concealing the fact that CAIR had fired him once some of the victims began threatening to sue.
David Yerushalmi, who is also AFLC’s co-founder and senior counsel, remarked:
“CAIR engaged in a massive criminal fraud in which literally hundreds of CAIR clients have been victimized. In his ruling, Judge Friedman inexplicably ignored material facts that establish CAIR National’s liability and then engaged in a transparently disingenuous ‘weighing’ of the factual evidence he did address, which is patently improper when evaluating cross-motions for summary judgment. We are thankful that the appeals court has rectified the trial court’s errors. Now, at long last, our clients will go before a jury and get their day in court.”
Robert Muise, co-founder and senior counsel of AFLC, added,
“This ruling is a significant victory. Not only does it reinstate our claims against CAIR, but it makes plain that we have an incredibly strong case to present to a jury. In short, CAIR has no way out. It is a fraudulent organization, and we will get a chance to prove that to a jury.”