February 17, 2010, - 11:54 am

OJ Jury Lives on in New York

By Debbie Schlussel

Here’s yet another example of why criminal trials in New York–or anywhere–for Islamic terrorists has a pretty good chance of complete, epic failure.  I’ve told you about Zulqarnain Abdu-Shahid, an Islamic prison imam caught sneaking box-cutter blades into a New York Department of Corrections prison.


Well, he got away with it because an O. J. Simpson-style grand jury just couldn’t come to the obvious conclusion that he did anything wrong.  And remember, this is a grand jury, not a jury.  As they always say, you can get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich, because the standard for admitting evidence (there isn’t one in a grand jury) is very low, as is the threshold for indictment.  It’s a 50/50 chance or perhaps even better that, for example, Khalid Sheikh Muhammad would get such a group of incompetents in his jury.

A grand jury declined Tuesday to indict a Muslim chaplain accused of trying to smuggle razor blades and scissors into a jail, spurring his release without bail while the case continues.

Imam Zul-Qarnain Abdu-Shahid, whose arrest last week brought his 1970s murder conviction to light, still faces charges including felony counts of promoting prison contraband, at least for now. He’s due back in court for a status update April 27, and it’s unclear whether prosecutors will try again for an indictment.

In the meantime, he was released under a state law that limits how long felony defendants can be held without being indicted. He had been held on $50,000 bond.

Defense lawyer James McQueeney called Tuesday’s developments “a good sign” for Abdu-Shahid, who says he didn’t realize he had the items in his bag when he reported for work Feb. 3 at the Manhattan Detention Complex, nicknamed the Tombs.

Uh-huh, and John Dillinger didn’t know he was holding a gun.

The imam put the four razor blades in the bag months earlier after using them to scrape paint off a window at his Staten Island home and then forgot about them, McQueeney said. The scissors also had been dropped in the bag and forgotten, he said.

Prosecutors wouldn’t discuss the grand jury proceedings.

Of course, not. It was a complete failure for them.

Department of Correction spokesman Stephen Morello said Tuesday that jail officials would seek to fire Abdu-Shahid, who has been suspended without pay from the $49,000-a-year job he has held since 2007.

After Abdu-Shahid’s arrest, Correction Commissioner Dora Schriro ordered a review of the circumstances surrounding his hiring.

Janet Napolitano’s girlfriend, Dora Schriro, who set Immigration and Customs Enforcement policy to treat criminals and illegal aliens like hotel guests.  Your “homeland” is as secure as the New York Department of Corrections, as in, not very.  The review should have come BEFORE this event. The guy had a criminal record . . . for murder. Hello . . .?

Abdu-Shahid, then named Paul Pitts, was imprisoned from 1979 to 1993 after he and three other men were convicted in a deadly shooting during a robbery, state prison officials say. He was on parole until 2001.

McQueeney says Abdu-Shahid, 58, has reformed himself since the 1976 crime.

Yup, reformed himself to the point that he brings box-cutters to work. Sounds like “reformation” to me–the Islamic inmates literally running the asylum.

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16 Responses

“As they always say, you can get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich,….”

So true!

I served on one this past fall. I had mistakenly thought a grand jury was this super like, mysterious jury. Nope, just regular people like a regular jury.

We signed an indictment for every single case that came before us. Most seemed to be slam dunks, but regardless our attitude was to just let them have their day in court and let a real jury sort it out.

Jeff_W on February 17, 2010 at 12:15 pm

How in the world did they screw that one up?

And, of course the guy lives right by me. Great.

Bob on February 17, 2010 at 12:26 pm

The reluctance of the public to indict is reflective of the total absence of any criticism of Islam in the media. We are told that Islam is a religion of peace and that is a blatant lie. Prison Imams are spreading jihad in our prisons and recruiting followers there. It is a problem that is not going to go away until we know Islam for what it really is and that is the ideological heir of Hitler’s virulent hatred.

William Stout on February 17, 2010 at 12:36 pm

Stupid juries can’t follow the facts and the law.

Whatta country!

NormanF on February 17, 2010 at 12:50 pm

I’m beginning to think that the the left, “Homeland Security” means making jihadists feel secure in our homeland. This case is more evidence of that. Hope the prosecuting attorney can build a stronger case and then take it to a real jury.

DG in GA on February 17, 2010 at 12:59 pm

It’s too bad he didn’t try to smuggle those box cutter blades into the prison by shoving them up his ass.

Jarhead on February 17, 2010 at 1:17 pm

So we are to believe that the bag in question had these items in them for months, razor blades and scissors? How many times had this Muslim brought this bag to work before? I’m assuming he works everyday, so for months he was bringing in contraband to the prison? The other question I have is this the first time his bag has been searched?
Also, since when do convicted felons get high paying jobs in the prison system?
All this with the other story about the Imams in the prison system.
Remind me again why we are in a war in Iraq and Afghanistan? I fail to see a point when they can’t even get rid of the Muslim trash here in our own country.

perception of truth on February 17, 2010 at 1:19 pm

As soon as jurors entered the jury room to begin deliberations, the holdout told the other jurors they all wanted to “hang the black man,”

From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20100217/METRO01/2170387/Riddle-jurors–Holdout-refused-to-deliberate#ixzz0fpDZP7w2


Oj jury Pt2 on February 17, 2010 at 2:58 pm

We are so screwed! We have a Government full of poseurs and limp-wristed wimps who will not do anything when is comes to this country’s security. And we have the general public many of whom, don’t know right from wrong, and when to punish those who break the law.

But who are we to judge? The question should always be, who are we not to judge. We have to set limits. And it looks like those of us left who have values, are going to have to work harder to assert them. Not Obama’s style of “values” but real values of virtue and truth.

John on February 17, 2010 at 3:33 pm

I wonder how long it will be before citizens stop depending on the rule of law and administer justice on their own?

Sam Adams on February 17, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Nothing new here. You probably remember the case, in 1992 a New York jury led the way for the (1995 travesty in the)OJ jury, acquitting Lemrick Nelson of the murder of Yankel Rosenbaum in spite of the fact that prior to his death the victim identified the murderer.

M: Yes, I’ve written about both of those trials on this site. DS

Michael on February 17, 2010 at 5:21 pm

A member of a “protected” religion, now we know how protected.

Lars on February 17, 2010 at 6:19 pm


Oj jury Pt3 on February 17, 2010 at 7:18 pm

They’ll all throw their hands in the air in confusion when the backlash happens.

Joe on February 17, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    Don’t hold your breath waiting for that backlash. And I see nothing to hold onto to keep you from sinking even further in the quicksand that is Obama’s administration. Your best bet is to put an SOS message in a bottle and casting it into the ocean.

    Arn on June 26, 2010 at 3:38 am

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