He refused to stand because he recognizes only the authority of Sharia, which he regards as divine law and superior to the manmade law of the Manhattan federal court. Many other Muslims have in the past refused to stand for judges for the identical reason. Yet authorities have shown no interest in pondering the implications of this phenomenon.
“Alleged bike-path terrorist refuses to stand for federal judge,” by Elizabeth Rosner, New York Post, January 23, 2018:
The accused West Side bike-path terrorist refused to stand as a Manhattan federal judge entered the courtroom Tuesday, despite his lawyer’s best efforts to get him to.
Sayfullo Saipov’s lawyer had motioned at him with her hand to get him to stand out of respect for the judge, as is courtroom protocol. But Saipov, 29, remained seated and stared stonily ahead….
Last week, Saipov’s lawyers indicated that their client would plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence without parole.
The accused lone-wolf terrorist, an Uzbek national, allegedly plowed his rented Home Depot truck down the popular bike path just after 3 p.m. Oct. 31, striking nearly two dozen pedestrians and cyclists.
He made it 17 blocks before crashing his truck into a bus near Stuyvesant High School and being shot by a cop as he fled, authorities have said. Saipov was allegedly screaming, “Allahu akbar!’’ — “God is great! in Arabic — as he ran.
Notes declaring his allegiance to ISIS — and a flag from the terror organization — were recovered from the truck, officials said. Saipov later allegedly asked cops if he could hang the flag in his hospital room while he recovered….