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Chicago Activist Rejects Deal In Immigration Case

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DETROIT (AP) - A Chicago Arab-American activist charged with failing to tell U.S. officials about a bombing in Israel decades ago has rejected a plea deal in a Detroit court and fired her attorney.

Rasmieh Yousef Odeh says she wants to go to trial. But she'll also talk to a new attorney about the plea offer.

Odeh is associate director at the Arab American Action Network in Chicago. She was convicted of an attack that killed two people at a Jerusalem market in 1969.

Odeh is charged with not disclosing it before she became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2004.

She appeared in federal court Wednesday and turned down a maximum sentence of six months in prison. She also would have been given six months to leave the U.S., an unusual benefit.

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