February 19, 2008, - 3:34 pm
Attn, Cops – Brand Spankin’ New Criminal Defense: “We Had Korans”; Mystery: Authorities Talking Plea Deal
By Debbie Schlussel
Dear Members of Law Enforcement (Federal, State, and Local):
If a suspect you stopped for the possible, likely, or definite commission of a crime is carrying a Koran, it might be best not to mention it.
Apparently, if you note that a suspect possesses a Koran, that means you are profiling, and their arrests–and any evidence you garnered from those arrests–should be thrown out.
That’s the position of defense attorneys in the Smiling “Just Fireworks” Islamic Terrorists Youssef Samir Megahed and Ahmed Abdellatif Sherif Mohamed in a hearing held this morning.
Even though South Carolina’s Berkeley County Deputy James Lamar Blakely said he stopped the two men because they were acting and driving suspiciously and he thought their Florida plates indicated they might be drug dealers, defense attorneys seized on his notation that the two had Korans on their laps (which, frankly, makes them far more suspicious than drug dealers):
“The driver ain’t much saying anything,” he said. “Except when I asked him why he didn’t pull over, he said because the roads were slanted, but both of them were sitting holding Qurans in their lap while they’re driving. One’s got a laptop. I think they’re part of the Taliban.”
A recording of the traffic stop was played in court this morning as part of a hearing over motions by the defense to suppress evidence seized in the stop. The driver, Ahmed Abdellatif Sherif Mohamed, and passenger, Youssef Megahed, face a charge of illegally transporting explosives. Mohamed also is charged with trying to help terrorists by posting on the Internet a video of himself demonstrating how to use a remote-controlled toy to detonate a bomb.
Blakely testified this morning that his “Taliban” comment was an “unprofessional joke” that he shouldn’t have made. He similarly described other comments he made, including, “They probably got a bomb strapped to ’em.”
The defense is arguing that the remarks reflect inappropriate racial profiling. The prosecution maintains the traffic stop was legal and the search was consensual, requested by the deputy after the two men raised suspicions.
Yup, it’s the Koran defense. If you note that they had one, they should go free, no matter how many people they were trying to blow up with their pipe bombs.
Law enforcement, take note. Oh, and don’t dare make jokes about the holy “Religion of Peace.” Ya hear? Only unfunny Muslim comedians like Ahmed Ahmed are allowed do that. It’s a jihadist thang. You wouldn’t understand. Plus, you’ll be branded for life as intolerant, and all of your suspects may be set free. That’s no joke. It’s serious.
In the meantime, it looks like the feds are already giving up on a new, secret aspect of this case, of which the public has yet to be apprised. They’re engaged in plea deal negotiations with Megahed. Just what are these possible new charges to which authorities are already in discussions with Megahed’s attorneys for a plea deal?:
Attorneys are negotiating a possible plea deal in the case of one of two former University of South Florida students charged with transporting explosives.
Attorneys informed U.S. Magistrate Mark Pizzo that Youssef Megahed may enter into a plea agreement, according to minutes of an unannounced court hearing Friday.
“At the present time, there is no agreement to resolve this case by way of plea,” said Megahed’s attorney, Adam Allen, a federal public defender. “I can assure that if for some reason we do enter an agreement, there will not be a plea to anything that Mr. Megahed is currently charged with.”
Megahed and Ahmed Mohamed, who were born in Egypt, are charged with illegally transporting explosives. Mohamed also is charged with trying to help terrorists by posting on the Internet a video in which he shows how to use a remote-controlled toy to detonate a bomb.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Megahed has been involved in even more stuff that is far more sinister. So just what is it? What criminal behavior is the subject of a federal plea deal for an accused terrorist other than what he was already indicted for?
FBI agents in New York. A third accomplice who engaged in apparent marriage fraud. And now this. The mystery and intrigue of this case continues . . . and escalates.
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