February 18, 2008
Pajamadeen, not always quite the circumspect diplomat, has come up with a prisoner exchange plan based on current events. You no doubt recall no-nonsense Deputy Charlette Marshall-Jones, videotaped dumping quadriplegic Brian Sterner onto the floor from his wheelchair at a Hillsborough County, Florida jail. In one swift move, she ended her career as a correctional officer and has been charged with a felony count of abusing a disabled person. Ironically, on Saturday she surrendered at the same Orient Road jail where she heartlessly dumped Sterner on the floor. So far, so good. She made her $3,500 bail about an hour later, although even her lawyer, Norman Cannella Sr., in speaking of the incident, said: “It would be terribly difficult to explain to a jury as a defense lawyer…And easily explained by a prosecutor and by the video.” We hope Ms. Marshall-Jones hasn’t forked over a lot of money for this lawyer’s sage advice. She faces up to five years in jail.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia plans to behead a “witch.” The unfortunate Saudi Arabian woman, Fawza Falih Muhammad Ali of Quraiyat, was arrested by Saudi Arabia’s “religious police,” the Muttawa. After being detained, beaten and interrogated for 35 days at the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, Falih admitted to being a witch and signed a confession. Witchcraft is considered to be an offense against Islam. Human Rights Watch appealed to Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah to stop the execution. The alleged sorceress was convicted in April 2006 of “witchcraft, recourse to jinn [supernatural beings],” animal slaughter and possession of “witchcraft tools” and has exhausted all of her appeals. Witnesses claimed that Falih “bewitched”” them. In one instance, the Saudi courts cited the case of a man who said he became impotent after Falih bewitched him. Maybe the man was just turned off by the traditional burqa garb worn by Saudi women?
We think the states would come out the winner. What do you think?
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