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(Muslim) UNC ‘SUV Driver’ Pleads Guilty

From the Charlotte (NC) News & Observer:

Driver pleads guilty to attempted murder

By Jesse James DeConto, Staff Writer

Aug 12, 2008

HILLSBOROUGH – Mohammed Taheri-Azar pleaded guilty this morning to nine counts of attempted first-degree murder charges stemming from a March 2006 incident in which he drove a rented SUV into a crowd of people on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus.

As part of a plea bargain, prosecutors dropped nine counts of aggravated felonious assault charges

Taheri-Azar will likely face 21 to 33 years in prison. Fox scheduled his sentencing for Aug. 26 at 9:30 a.m.

Because Taheri-Azar has been unpredictable with his legal representation, Woodall wanted to separate the sentencing from this hearing so victims could be sure Taheri-Azar was going to plead guilty before arranging their schedules to appear in court…

Over the past couple of years, Taheri-Azar has tried to fire his court-appointed attorney, been committed to a mental institution and asked to be released so he could move to California to work for his father

Contrary to the article, one suspects it is highly unlikely that Taheri-Azar faces 21 to 33 years in prison.

More is the pity.

But after having carefully played the part, he will be adjudged to have been mentally unbalanced at the time. (Driving while Muslim.)

Then he will be miraculously (though quietly) cured within a few months — so that he can be released to drive again.

Also note the conspicuous absence of any mention of Mr. Taheri-Azar’s motive or his religious persuasion.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, August 12th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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