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Thu Mar 1, 2012, 03:35 PM

Judge in 'Zombie Muhammad' case is relocated after threats, criticism of ruling

Published: Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 2:40 PM
Updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 3:05 PM
By MATTHEW KEMENY, The Patriot-News The Patriot-News

Mechanicsburg District Judge Mark Martin and his staff temporarily relocated to the Cumberland County Courthouse in Carlisle today due to threats his office has received and public criticism of his ruling in the "Zombie Muhammad" case. The county courthouse will make it easier to provide extra security.

For security reasons, Martin did not want to say how long he will be in the county courthouse, but noted his staff will be understanding to those impacted by the change. He said his office received more than 200 phone calls and emails from being criticizing his December ruling.

In addition, some online posts suggested he should be executed, Martin said.

Martin dismissed a harassment charge against 46-year-old Talaag Elbayomy, a Muslim accused of attacking Ernest Perce V, an atheist dressed as what he said was the "Zombie Muhammad" at a Halloween parade in Mechanicsburg last year.

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2012/02/judge_in_zombie_muhammad_case.html

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Reply Judge in 'Zombie Muhammad' case is relocated after threats, criticism of ruling (Original post)
rug Mar 2012 OP
Leontius Mar 2012 #1
dmallind Mar 2012 #2
rug Mar 2012 #3
2ndAmForComputers Mar 2012 #5
rug Mar 2012 #6
2ndAmForComputers Mar 2012 #7
laconicsax Mar 2012 #10
rug Mar 2012 #11
2ndAmForComputers Mar 2012 #13
dmallind Mar 2012 #12
Fumesucker Mar 2012 #14
dmallind Mar 2012 #16
Fumesucker Mar 2012 #17
dmallind Mar 2012 #20
Humanist_Activist Mar 2012 #4
2ndAmForComputers Mar 2012 #8
Humanist_Activist Mar 2012 #9
Fumesucker Mar 2012 #15
Humanist_Activist Mar 2012 #18
Fumesucker Mar 2012 #19

Response to rug (Original post)

Thu Mar 1, 2012, 06:40 PM

1. Seems awful quiet I wonder where they are.

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Response to rug (Original post)

Fri Mar 2, 2012, 12:09 PM

2. Threats from whom?

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Response to dmallind (Reply #2)

Fri Mar 2, 2012, 12:30 PM

3. I doubt it was Muslims.

"He said his office received more than 200 phone calls and emails from being criticizing his December ruling.

"In addition, some online posts suggested he should be executed, Martin said."

Who is most likely to be pissed off?

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Response to rug (Reply #3)

Fri Mar 2, 2012, 04:54 PM

5. Links or it didn't happen.

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Response to 2ndAmForComputers (Reply #5)

Fri Mar 2, 2012, 09:44 PM

6. It's in the OP.

Internet cliches are in aisle 7.

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Response to rug (Reply #6)

Fri Mar 2, 2012, 10:11 PM

7. There's nothing but the judge itself saying it. I smell Backwards B.

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Response to rug (Reply #3)

Sat Mar 3, 2012, 12:25 AM

10. That doesn't even meet Wikipedia's standards.

 

"Some" online posts? Where?

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Response to laconicsax (Reply #10)

Sat Mar 3, 2012, 12:30 AM

11. Clicking links is such hard work.

"You can reach me at mkemeny@patriot-news.com"

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Response to rug (Reply #11)

Sat Mar 3, 2012, 01:51 AM

13. So we should personally ask the reporter for the links by e-mail.

Not. He wrote very clearly, if succinctly, that these were allegations by the judge.

There's no "there" there. If there were, you would have posted it already.

Backwards goddamn B.

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Response to rug (Reply #3)

Sat Mar 3, 2012, 01:22 AM

12. People who don't like judges favoring Muslims? Lots of Islamophobes.

And claiming to be one, on tape, in court - even if he changed his story later.

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Response to dmallind (Reply #12)

Sat Mar 3, 2012, 08:48 AM

14. Judges are supposed to be impartial..

That means they do not favor anyone at all, including Muslims.

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Response to Fumesucker (Reply #14)

Sat Mar 3, 2012, 09:07 AM

16. SUPPOSED to be. Clearly he does favor Muslims. Over atheists at least.

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Response to dmallind (Reply #16)

Sat Mar 3, 2012, 09:27 AM

17. You gave the impression it was Islamophobic to not agree with favoring Muslims..

At least to me.


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Response to Fumesucker (Reply #17)

Sat Mar 3, 2012, 02:53 PM

20. No - not my intent at any rate. Can't see that either, but gotcha.

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Response to rug (Original post)

Fri Mar 2, 2012, 03:39 PM

4. Criticism is appropriate, threats are not...

I hope that they catch the ones who issued threats and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law.

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Response to Humanist_Activist (Reply #4)

Fri Mar 2, 2012, 10:14 PM

8. There are NO posts with death threats, only the word of the judge.

Backwards B.

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Response to 2ndAmForComputers (Reply #8)

Sat Mar 3, 2012, 12:21 AM

9. Certainly possible...

Perhaps I should have clarified, IF such threats were made, those who made them should be investigated and if warranted, prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

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Response to Humanist_Activist (Reply #9)

Sat Mar 3, 2012, 08:49 AM

15. So threats are bad, actual assault OK?

The Muslim assaulted the atheist and it was the atheist who got punished by a tongue lashing from the judge.

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Response to Fumesucker (Reply #15)

Sat Mar 3, 2012, 02:15 PM

18. False dichotomy, the Judge made a bad decision, that doesn't warrant threats against him...

he should be thrown from the bench.

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Response to Humanist_Activist (Reply #18)

Sat Mar 3, 2012, 02:28 PM

19. Just pointing out the random and capricious nature of "justice"..

America is replete with examples of such randomness and capriciousness.

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