February 14, 2011
Muslim TV exec guilty of beheading wife
Ben Plonie just tipped me to an awkward Valentine’s Day story, though the news actually came down last Monday; I just missed it.
You might remember Muzzammil Hassan, the owner of a Muslim TV station in Buffalo, N.Y., who was accused of beheading his wife in 2009. A week ago his murder trial ended with a guilty verdict, as the above report discusses.
Here’s the story from Reuters:
Based on the fact the verdict came down the same day that this story ran in the Daily Mail saying the trial was getting started suggests to me it was a very, very short murder trial. May have been a consequence of Hassan acting as his own attorney—always a bad idea—and, as Slate reported, comparing himself to Nelson Mandela, Ronald Reagan, and Mahatma Gandhi and essentially saying his wife started it, even if he ended it.