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.