May 28, 2013, - 2:26 pm

HUH?! Iranian Who Allegedly Poisoned Starbucks Juice Skates, Hires Lawyer to Threaten Schlussel into Silence

By Debbie Schlussel

Now, I’ve heard everything. An Iranian woman who apparently attempted to poison Starbucks customers gets away with it, and her lawyer threatens me for writing about it. Yup, that’s what happens in America today. And, too often, people are scared away from the truth because of it. Because of empty, baseless threats by lawyers.


Ramineh Behbehanian & The Starbucks Jihad

Recently, I told you about Ramineh (also spelled “Romineh”) Behbehanian, an Iranian pharmacist, who ran off after replacing orange juice bottles at a San Jose Starbucks and after customers and employees who saw her do it, smelled rubbing alcohol and liquid acetone when they opened the bottles. After they called the police on her, Behbehanian was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, because San Jose authorities detected lethal amounts of rubbing alcohol in the bottles.

Well, Behbehanian lucked out and skated. On Friday, San Jose authorities decided they would decline to charge Behbehanian because later tests could not determine the alcohol and because they felt they could not prove that she put apparent foreign substances in the bottles. Now, we are being told that the rubbing alcohol that customers and employees smelled and that San Jose authorities tested lethal dosages of in the bottles was “just vinegar.” Uh-huh. “Just vinegar” in orange juice bottles at Starbucks? Riiight. And why did Behbehanian replace the bottles (as customers saw her do)? We’ll never know “for sure,” but I think we have a pretty good idea why.

But what I do know is that three days before authorities said they would drop the charges against her, Romineh Behbehanian hired lawyer J. Peter Shearer to send me a ridiculous and threatening letter. Yup, the very definition of chutzpah. She gets away with it and instead of being embarrassed and going away, she hires a lawyer to threaten me. Check out his absurd letter, below, and my response. I get letters demanding retraction like this from time to time, but they never go anywhere because I don’t engage in defamation and I’m not easily threatened and intimidated. I check my facts, do my homework, and also use mainstream media sources. But, hey, Pete Shearer made an easy, quick buck with empty, baseless threats. If you want to respond to lawyer Peter Shearer as I have, e-mail him at Read his letter and my response . . .


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My Response . . .


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78 Responses

What a great response to such rubbish. I wish there were
ten thousand of you to speak up for this country and what is going on. It also made my day when I read your letter.

LILLIAN ANDRIEKUS on May 29, 2013 at 1:32 pm

You’re my hero Debbie

shaun on May 29, 2013 at 1:53 pm

You are our hero.
Never give up… never surrender.

Panhandle on May 29, 2013 at 2:06 pm

I could never be a lawyer, a PR rep, or a politician. I spent 8 years in the Navy, and 42 more in boiler rooms. I’ll leave it to your imagination as to why. I once won an argument with a bureaucrat in Detroit by standing on the guy’s desk and informing him that if he didn’t sign the paper, his head was going to Windsor. Ignore the fact hat I would have had to bank it off the gas company building, which would have been a dandy field goal in itself. He signed.

John Harvey on May 29, 2013 at 2:22 pm


Your letter really made my day. For all the problems you have in the USA be thankful that you are still able to respond in this way. In the UK you would probably be imprisoned now. If you don’t believe me take a look at what has been happening in the aftermath of the Woolwich attack where the reaction has been a vicious clampdown on …. people criticising Islam:

Edgar Davidson on May 29, 2013 at 2:43 pm

She looks like a sister of Margaret Albright.

Coleslaw Patriot on May 29, 2013 at 2:59 pm

Debbie that was awesome. Thank you for sharing that with us !!! Debbie- You should publish a book someday on some of the battles you have fought trying to protect the American public.

Randal P on May 29, 2013 at 3:32 pm

Serious question:

If authorities fail to follow-up on obvious wrong-doing, letting the wrong-doer walk, and that wrong-doer subsequently goes on to commit another or more serious crime, is it possible to sue the authorities who failed to do their duty the first time round?

Nir Lieu on May 29, 2013 at 4:01 pm

Let em have it Debbie, tell em Mikey sent ya.

Mikey on May 29, 2013 at 4:33 pm

ROMI BEHBEHANIAN (Iranian Armenian Muslim) has several advanced chemistry degrees, per linkedin, the criminal investigation is not yet over, and I put money on it this cannibal is not done yet either. I’d also put money it was an advanced poison, the vector was alcohol, and they are running exotic tests.

“Prosecutors had until Thursday to formally charge her, but charges could come at a later time.”…

But her lawyer, Dennis Lempert, said, “I am gratified that the DA is taking its time in analyzing the material found. There are no charges against her right now and with any luck there won’t be.”

LOL! With any luck… the terrorists among us are the Lamperts, protecting the cannibals like the Rominehs.

Was her other atty Dennis Lempert poisoned on May 29, 2013 at 5:29 pm

What Fun! Calling out an attorney for such nonsense. It will be interesting to see if this guy will pursue a suit against you. If he does he will lose.

I was wondering what happened with the suit you brought against that high school principal in Dearbornistan?

Verne Simon on May 29, 2013 at 7:42 pm

What fun! I guess this guys practice is not doing well since he has to take this case. Then again maybe he fleeced this woman intentionally. Either way it amazes me on what some people will do for money.

Verne Simon on May 29, 2013 at 7:46 pm

WOW!!! I love this!!!

Evelyn _____ London Ontario on May 29, 2013 at 8:20 pm

First, acetic acid is extremely poisonous, since young kids are generally given fruit juice while parents order coffee we’re talking levels that cause renal failure. So her terrorist atty who said we all had mass hysteria, I hope he will get 400 ml of acetic acid poured down his gullet. Tampering with food products is a terrorist act.

Second, acetic acid is the solvent carrier for ricin. This sick bitch is a chemist who worked for a number of high level labs not just Janssen, and has the knowledge to put agents on the level of chemical warfare into liquids that look fairly harmless to adults. Like vinegar.

Third, the takeaway in LE is this was a dry run to see how easily a chemical based terrorist attack could be carried. Let’s see this atty-schmuck sing another tune when this cannibal puts the hit on him and his kids.

Dry run for Ricin and Acetic Acid on May 29, 2013 at 8:21 pm

Nice goin’ Deb. Keep kickin’ Jihad ass. There’s not a whole lot more that needs to be said.

Andy on May 29, 2013 at 9:13 pm

Funny and well responded.

Paul on May 29, 2013 at 11:10 pm

Great letter Debbie. If this attorney crawls back out from his sewer pipe, let us know. Most attorneys would have sugar-coated the response to sound “professional” in response to an unprofessional scumbag. You should send him a follow up letter, telling him that if he believes his client is innocent, he should put his money where his mouth is and volunteer to drink down any of the orange juice that remains in police custody. I bet there’d be one less lawyer in America.

Concerned Citizen on May 29, 2013 at 11:29 pm

God bless you, Debbie!!

Dave on May 30, 2013 at 1:30 am

Does anyone recall a weird case in the early 80’s that was posted to s.c.j on Usenet, the precursor to the Internet?

The DA was trying to find evidence for prosecuting a visiting Israeli schochet (butcher) for conspiracy to murder because of his knife collection, according to the shochet’s friends.

I believe this took place in Santa Clara County, just up from San Jose.

How common is it for whims to steer pursuing or dropping a case?

Michelle on May 31, 2013 at 12:42 am

Debbie I love the response you gave to this ambulance chaser of a lawyer. First of all I lived in that neck of the woods and sadly San Jose is fast becoming the other loony bay area city with San Francisco and Berkeley. For a while San Jose was like a bulwark of the madness of the two aforementioned cities but that changed in the late 90’s and has continued. Seems San Jose hated to he second fiddle to San Fran so now the city council is adopting a lot if “green” policies and I believe that they have become or is in the process of being a sanctuary city for illegal aliens. Anyway just sad that San Jose is part of the madness of leftism.

Mario on June 1, 2013 at 12:59 am

    San Jose has become the testing ground and incubator
    of many ethnic gangs and cartels. There has been an
    uptick of drive by shootings and murders as the street
    gangs war for turf control. Drugs are cheap and the value
    for life is cheaper. The drug mules are migrating to
    Silicon Valley as fast as the engineers.

    Commander Zero on June 1, 2013 at 6:58 pm

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