|William Potts in Alamar, east of Havana|
The case had been set to go to trial on March 3. The prosecutor and defense attorney asked for a 30-day continuance in a document filed today.
Meantime, Potts said in a letter to Along the Malecón:
Well, I am waiting for this showdown in March. I have great expectations for a favorable decision, but you can never be sure with these people. For that reason I'm not just sitting with my arms crossed. I'm preparing to lay out my case in the best legalese I can muster before Alan Dershowitz, a famous Harvard law professor, for the hope of him making a pronouncement on it, a public pronouncement that is, with the aim in mind gathering more public interest in the case, which might further act as a safeguard against an arbitrary decision against me...
I feel like one of those Japanese soldiers who has been hiding out in the jungle for the past 50 years and never go the news that the war was over. I've been back going on 5 months and I realize, just as I had long suspected, that the war is over and black people lost. I've reconciled myself to this fact and now only want to go home.A hearing to discuss the trial schedule is set for 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in the U.S. District Court's Fort Lauderdale Division. The presiding judge is Robin S. Rosenbaum.
Potts' lawyer needs the State Department documents to prove that the ex-hijacker served time in Cuba. It's not clear why a seemingly simple request for copies was taken to such a high level in the department, a $47 billion agency with tens of thousands of employees.