Hate-Crime Case Upheld in Cabby Slashing

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The decision to charge the film student accused of knifing a Muslim taxi driver with hate-crime charges was upheld by a judge in a Manhattan court on Wednesday.

Michael Enright, 22, pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and assault as hate crimes for the Aug. 24 incident in which the college student is accused of asking cab driver Ahmed Sharif if he was Muslim then telling him to "consider this a checkpoint" before slashing him in the neck and face with a knife through the partition.

On Wednesday, the judge said a grand jury had enough evidence to indict Enright on charges against the father of four.

An attorney for Enright said he was suffering from alcoholism and had post-traumatic stress disorder after a trip to Afghanistan.



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Comments [2]

shadeed ahmad from New York City

It's decisions like this that help show why justice prevents an overflow of the sometimes propensity of human beings to travel willingly down the path of intolerance and hate. America at its core value system should vehemently uphold pursuing justice without the tainted perspectives of bigotry. As Americans we have to be bigger than other countries morally and ethically to pave the way for democracy to show the benefits of its unifying capabilities and dominance over ignorance and its varied array of tit for tat reasoning, which is unfailingly devoid of the moral and ethical high ground requisite for the renaissance spirituality of a truly evolved humanity in the twenty-first century.

Each of us has to let the Divine spark within us shine forth diligently and become cognizant of the same light existing within all sentient beings. Decency, respect and love of one another are tantamount to global harmony, anything less than this venerable aspiration is reprehensible to the dignity of the evolution of humanity and respect of all sentient beings.

Jan. 26 2011 06:45 PM

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