Muzzammil Hassan, the founder of an Islam-oriented television station, has fired his attorney and hired a new attorney who promised a “revolutionary defense” for the beheading of Hassan’s late wife. It appears to be a type of spousal abuse syndrome claim.
Hassan’s new lawyer claims that Aasiya Hassan, 37, was the dominant spouse and that she had hounded him psychologically for years — leading to his act of self-help in cutting off her head in the offices of Bridges TV.
This clearly did not sit well with District Attorney Frank Sedita who responded repeatedly with the same observation: “He chopped her head off. He chopped her head off. That’s all I have to say about Mr. Hassan’s apparent defense that he was a battered spouse.” That is likely a fairly good idea what the entirety of Sedita’s opening and closing arguments are likely to be at trial.
Hassan may want to reconsider the defense. Otherwise they may be telling a new joke at the Orchard Park, N.Y. courthouse: What goes “ha ha thump?” A juror laughing his head off.
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