Ahmad Rahimi, the man accused of perpetrating a large-scale jihad massacre in New York and New Jersey, is trying to get off the hook for his terrorist plot by playing the “mental and physical health” card.
Rahimi’s defense attorney, Meghan Gilligan, claims he is being “demonized’ and want the judges to consider his “mental and physical health” as part of the final ruling and negotiations in his case. In recent filings, they claim Rahimi may be suffering brain injuries, limited longevity, “and/or post-traumatic stress disorder,” because he was shot eleven times in 2016.
In addition to his health, Gilligan argued that prosecutors had gone “beyond just mere factual information” in discussing Rahimi’s case with the press which ultimately “demonized” him. They requested to move his trial outside of New York in hopes for a more neutral jury, the Daily Beast reported.
To justify their argument, Gilligan and her associates submitted a report by a psychology professor that said a survey of potential jurors found that 90 percent recognized Rahimi case, and more than 60 percent said they had a negative view of the defendant.
Judge Richard Berman denied the request to move the trial’s location and said, “The court has little or no doubt that a fair and impartial jury can be impaneled in this case, and that the defendant Rahimi will get a fair trial,” he said.
Most recently Rahimi’s attorney’s have been pressing for private plea negotiations after saying they never intended to challenge their client’s competency for trial.
Rahimi, an Afghan-born U.S. citizen, is on trial for planting bombs in New York and New Jersey on September 17, 1916.
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