AUGUST 13 2010

1. Government awards Alex Latifi $290,000 after failed 2007
prosecution
2. Government Pays Restitution to Alabama Victim of Bush Justice
Department
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1.Government awards Alex Latifi $290,000
after failed 2007 prosecution
By Brian Lawson, The Huntsville Times

Huntsville defense contractor Alex Latifi will be awarded $290,000 by
the federal government to settle all claims related to a failed
prosecution of Latifi and his company, Axion Corp., in 2007.

Latifi's company is also back doing business with the U.S. government
that had accused him of sending secrets to China.

The settlement ends a nearly six-year saga for Latifi, an Iranian-born
U.S. citizen. The government had charged that he sent classified
information to China related to the design of the Blackhawk helicopter
and also faked testing on government-contracted work.

Birmingham-based attorney Jim Barger, who, along with Henry
Frohsin, defended Latifi, said he doesn't know of another instance
where the federal government has voluntarily paid a criminal
defendant.

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2. Government Pays Restitution to Alabama
Victim of Bush Justice Department
by Roger Shuler for Legal Schnauzer

In announcing the settlement, the government admitted no
wrongdoing. Latifi, the owner of Axion Corp., agreed to not pursue
claims of misconduct and bad faith against government prosecutors,
who were led by Alice Martin, former U.S. attorney for the Northern
District of Alabama. Latifi is an Iranian-born U.S. citizen, and the
prosecution had racial overtones from the outset.

The settlement came after Latifi's attorneys sought to subpoena
Martin and others involved in the prosecution. Henry Frohsin, one of
Latifi's lawyers, said it was a highly unusual ending to a case involving
the federal government.

“It's a revolutionary ruling and case,” said Mr. Frohsin. “I can't speak
for the Department of Justice, but it's not likely that you will find any
other case where the government has voluntarily agreed to make
restitution. The fact is it was a misguided and unfair prosecution by
the Bush administration and DOJ that never should have been waged
in the first place and one the government ultimately lost. We believe
this settlement begins to rectify some of the evils of the past
administration.”

...."Of course, we’re pleased that Mr. Latifi will receive this
compensation, but his family-owned defense contracting company
was basically decimated. Alex is now fighting to get his company and
his reputation back, and he is succeeding. Over the past two years
Axion Corporation has secured a number of contracts with the U.S.
Government to produce parts and equipment for the Defense
Department and war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. We are proud to
say that he produces one of the most important safety devices in the
war theaters, the Abrams Mine Roller, which protects our soldiers
against IEDs.”

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Alex Latifi - The U.S.
Government agreed to pay
restitution to Latifi rather than
go to trial.