There are a number of breaking developments in the exclusive I wrote for the Daily Caller, today. Don't miss it. Go here.
‘People have said that they would kill me, rip my eyes out, run me over, shoot me and then laugh at me’
by Pamela Geller, Daily Caller
The Pennsylvania man assaulted in October by a Muslim who was offended by his Halloween parade “Zombie Muhammad” costume said he has received hundreds of death threats after a judge dismissed his attacker’s criminal charges.
Ernest Perce told The Daily Caller that Talaag Elbayomy, a Muslim man, “grabbed me, choked me from the back, and spun me around to try to get my sign off that was wrapped around my neck.”
Elbayomy reportedly admitted to a police officer, Sgt. Bryan Curtis, that he attempted to rip Perce’s fake beard off, remove his “Muhammed of Islam” sign and choke him.
Last week Judge Mark Martin sided with Perce’s attacker, saying in open court that Perce would be put to death in Muslim societies for showing disrespect to Muhammad. The judge dismissed the charges against Elbayomy.
“You’re way outside your boundaries of First Amendment rights,” the judge said during the trial.
“Martin’s decision effectively says that Muslims do not have to learn to accept blasphemy against their religion without violence.” Pence told TheDC. “Yet when you are a citizen of the USA, you accept our Constitution. Free speech is our foundation.”
The same judge is also threatening Perce with contempt of court for making and sharing a recording of the courtroom hearing.
Perce says he has received 471 verifiable threats against his life in the short time since his attacked was acquitted.
“People have said that they would kill me, rip my eyes out, run me over, shoot me and then laugh at me, since I have blasphemed Muhammad,” he told TheDC. “They say I will be found out and hung in front of my family.”
During his trial, Talaag Elbayomy claimed he never made physical contact with Perce, creating what Judge Martin called a he-said/she-said situation. Sgt. Curtis testified that Perces version of events was correct, but the judge ignored his testimony.
Judge Martin also refused to allow a video taken the night of the attack to be entered as evidence.
Perce told TheDC that he believes Martin did not allow the video to be shown in his courtroom because he “would be offended.”
There's a whole lot more. Read the rest.