Sunday, March 05, 2006

Taheri-azar held in Central Prison in lieu of bond

Authorities are holding Mohammed Reza Taheri-azar in Raleigh's Central Prison in lieu of a $5.5 million bond. An Orange County magistrate charged him with counts nine counts of attempted first-degree murder and other charges related to his plowing through a group UNC students with a Jeep Cherokee. The Charlotte Observer and News and Observer post stories today with interviews of people aquainted with the suspect. Both contain the typical "I thought he was a nice, but quiet guy" type of observations.

Ed Cone has a long line of comments on the topic. He asked whether Taheri-azar's actions represent terrorism of nutjobbery. I vote for both.


Blogger Joe Guarino said...

It will be interestng to see whether this is an isolated incident, or whether we will see similar instances around the country in the near future. So far, it appears isolated, and reaction has been relatively muted. But public reaction will probably intensify if we get more of the same.

Anonymous Glenn C Jordan Jr said...

Joe you're right. If events such as this continue to happen, most people are going to get beyond impatient. That's why it's important that this guy receive a hard sentence. Terrorist or not, Taheri-azar's type of behavior should never be excused.


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