BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP)– An Iraqi refugee serving a life sentence for terror-related convictions is getting a court date in Kentucky to argue that he was poorly represented by his attorney.
Mohanad Hammadi says in court records that his lawyer, James Earhart, pressured him into pleading guilty without advising him of an offer from prosecutors to cooperate with investigators.
Federal Magistrate Judge Brent Brennenstuhl ordered an evidentiary hearing to be held April 21 in Louisville.
Hammadi, 28, pleaded guilty in 2012 to several crimes arising from an investigation into allegations that he and fellow refugee Waad Alwan attempted to provide money and weapons to terrorists in Iraq. The two had arrived in the U.S. as refugees.
Hammadi filed a motion in March to have his sentence vacated.