The NY Post’s Elizabeth Rosner refers to the caught red-handed, confessed and ready to plead guilty jihadist as the “alleged” terrorist. And fails to mention he entered the US on a diversity visa.
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.
During the proceeding, the murder suspect, who was dressed in a navy-blue suit and orange socks, bizarrely constantly nodded his head.
Prosecutors asked for a trial date of April 2019, but Saipov’s camp said they needed more time. The judge asked both sides to submit briefs by March 30 providing more information on the case before making a decision.
The feds also were ordered to decide by Sept. 1 whether they would seek the death penalty for Saipov, who is accused of killing eight people in the attack.
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.
Saipov faces nine charges that carry either a guaranteed life sentence or execution.
A prior post that included a court sketch of Saipov in a wheelchair – is that why he didn’t stand or is it because of his sharia beliefs? – laid out the charges in detail: “Diversity Visa” jihadi who killed 8 in truck terror faces more charges, pleads not guilty
The Paterson, New Jersey, man was charged with eight counts of murder in aid of racketeering, 12 counts of attempted murder in aid of racketeering, one count of providing and attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State and one count of violence and destruction of a motor vehicle resulting in death.
Each of the murder charges, along with the motor vehicle charge, carries a possible death sentence, though the Justice Department must still take other steps to pursue that penalty.
Last week, CBS News reported: NYC terror suspect Sayfullo Saipov offers guilty plea in exchange for life
Lawyers for a man charged with killing eight people in a Halloween attack on a New York City bike path say he would plead guilty if the death penalty is not an option. Sayfullo Saipov, 29, is accused of driving a rented pickup truck down a bicycle path, killing eight people and injuring a dozen others.
The attorneys told a federal judge in Manhattan on Wednesday that the government can end the case against Saipov by not seeking death.
In court filings, federal prosecutors said a decision about seeking the death penalty would be made by September of this year, with Attorney General Jeff Sessions making the final call.
Has Sessions has been signaling his intentions? via: Justice Department expects an increase in federal death sentences
The Justice Department has twice in recent weeks announced its intention to seek death sentences in federal cases, marking the first times Attorney General Jeff Sessions has authorized prosecutors to pursue such penalties since taking office last year.
Federal authorities are also considering seeking the death penalty in a third case – that of Sayfullo Saipov, the man charged with using a rented truck to kill eight people on a New York City bike path last Halloween – in what they say could presage an uptick in the number of capital sentences sought by the Trump administration.
President Donald Trump has long been a staunch backer of capital punishment, issuing public pleas for death sentences in prominent cases both before and after taking office, most recently announcing that Saipov should face the death penalty.