No Insanity Jihad on this one. “Mo” Hassan is the “moderate” Muslim who started Bridges TV to present a peaceful, moderate image of Islam — that is, until he beheaded his wife in its studios. “Judge rejects planned defense, delays in beheading case,” by Matt Gryta for the Buffalo News, January 22 (thanks to Mark):
The judge in Muzzammil S. “Mo” Hassan’s murder case today barred his new attorney from using an emotional-disturbance defense and said he would only grant the jailed businessman further delays in his trial based solely “in the interests of justice.”
Hassan is accused of beheading his estranged wife, Aasiya Zubair Hassan, 37, last February.
Hassan’s new defense attorney, Frank M. Bogulski, today told reporters that he is “confident” he can get an acquittal for Hassan on an unprecedented defense combining psychiatric elements and justification based on claims Hassan was “a battered” spouse who was verbally abused and humiliated by his wife.
Oh, well, then! He was right to behead her!
Homicide Prosecutor Colleen Curtin Gable, though, noted that Aasiya Zubair Hassan was beheaded about a week after she began formal divorce proceedings.
And Gable today won her months-old motion to bar a psychiatric defense.
The judge told Bogulski he can make motions in coming months seeking permission to reinstate a psychiatric defense but as of now, such a defense claiming Hassan was emotionally out of control when he killed his wife “is precluded.”…
Hassan, 44, a Pakistan-born businessman, is accused of killing his wife in the office of their Muslim-oriented cable station. He walked into Orchard Park police headquarters about an hour after the Feb. 12 killing to inform police of her death. Hassan has been jailed without bail since then.
Hassan today told the judge the delays in the case were linked to now-resolved financial matters concerning his four children by three wives….
Were these wives consecutive, or concurrent?