The Pennsylvania judge has decided to dismiss a case against a Muslim man accused last October of attacking an atheist who marched as ‘Zombie Muhammad’ in a local Halloween parade. Gained much questions, Cumberland County Magisterial District Judge Mark Martin said he dismisses the case because of a lack of admissible evidence.
According to Harrisburg Patriot-News, Judge Martin dismissed charges against Talaag Elbayomy, a muslim immigrant who was recorded in a grainy video last October physically engaging another man, Ernest Perce V, during the Oct. 11 parade in Mechanicsburg, Pa. Perce, a member of the “Parading Atheists of Central PA,” filed a complaint with police alleging that Elbayomy attacked him during the parade and inflicted bodily harm.
“He grabbed me, choked from the back, and spun me around to try to get my “Muhammad of Islam” sign off that was wrapped around my neck,” said Perce.
Judge Martin threw out the charge against Elbayomy and also made remarks that have led a number of organizations to accuse him of bringing religion into the court room. Judge Martin told Perce that “what you have done is you have completely trashed their essence, their being. They find it very very very offensive.”
The judge also had this to say,
“If I were a Muslim, I’d find it offensive. But you have that right, but you’re way outside your boundaries or first amendment rights. This is what, and I said I spent about 7 and a half years living in other countries. when we go to other countries it’s not uncommon for people to refer to us as ugly Americans this is why we are referred to as ugly Americans, because we are so concerned about our own rights we don’t care about other people’s rights as long as we get our say but we don’t care about the other people’s say.”
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