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Taheri-azar Deemed Competent for Trial

Posted June 13, 2007

— A state psychiatrist has found the man charged with driving an SUV into a crowd on the University of North Carolina campus a year ago  is competent to stand trial.

Mohammed Taheri-azar is charged with nine counts of attempted murder and nine counts of felonious assault in connection with the March 3, 2006, attack at "The Pit," a popular student hangout on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus.

Taheri-azar surrendered shortly after the attack, in which nine students were injured, and told police that he wanted to harm Americans in response to U.S. attacks on Muslims overseas.

The UNC graduate has since waffled between expressing remorse for the incident and anger.

During a brief court appearance on March 5, he yelled that he hates all Americans and all Jews and called his court-appointed attorney a moron.

In a May 20 letter to Orange County Superior Court, he said he regretted "The Pit" attack and his courtroom behavior and just wants to go work for his father's contracting business in California.

After his March hearing, he was ordered to undergo a psychiatric examination at Dorothea Dix Hospital.

Dr. Charles V. Vance, a psychiatrist at the hospital, found Taheri-azar competent to stand trial in the case, and defense attorney James Williams said Wednesday that he wouldn't contest the finding.

Unlike his last court appearance, Taheri-azar made no comment during a brief hearing Wednesday. His parents and two sisters also declined to comment.

A pretrial hearing is scheduled for July 17.


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  • Warren G. Jun 14, 2007

    Take away his citizenship and deport him immediately upon release from prison, which should be no sooner than 30 years from now. I hate this worthless excuse for a human being more than he claims to hate Americans. He doesn't deserve freedom.

  • none123 Jun 14, 2007

    He has admitted to hating Americans. He has displayed acts of violence against Americans. He is a terroist. Lock him up forever.

  • mythoughts22 Jun 14, 2007

    my opinion is if you dont like our country then take your tail somewhere else and if you dont like jews GET OVER IT just b/c u dont agree with the way things are going doesnt mean you can try to run over people with a car

  • Joshua Jun 14, 2007

    I can't believe this guy smiles for every camera stuck in front of his face. Has he no shame?

  • thefensk Jun 14, 2007

    When I see a turnaround like this I am reminded of the following exchange between Laurel&Hardy:

    Stan: Hey, Ollie, you remember how dumb I used to be?

    Ollie: Yes, Stan

    Stan: Well, I'm better now.

    We can all turn toward the camera now and groan in frustration.

  • Adelinthe Jun 14, 2007

    This guy's become a real weasel, trying to squeek out of consequences any way he can find a slick spot.

    Praying for strong justice for him.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • CASAyak Jun 14, 2007

    mizzeta......... nice comment brother , but u forgot something here if u become a us citizen that doesn`t mean u have to agree with america on every single issue . u can still be a gainst our satanic gov.
    i m not trying to defend this stupid moron but don`t put all ppl who had been granted a us citizenchip to be slaves cz we goive theme a piece paper with there photo in it .
    and taheri i hope u go to hell u even made muslims in this country ashamed of u r careless action dummy.

  • headlong Jun 14, 2007

    This guy is playing the system every which way he can from day one...he plays each game to see what keeps him out of jail/court

  • not pc Jun 14, 2007

    run over him with a SUV. and then lets check his mental state.

  • MizzZeta Jun 13, 2007

    My earlier post prompted me to find out more about citizenship, deportation issues, etc. I learned that the defendent is a naturalized citizen, having moved here from Iran with his parents when he was a small child. Interestingly enough, findlaw.com lists the responsibilities/expectations of naturalized citizens thusly:
    Responsibilities of Citizenship

    Along with the rights and privileges of citizenship come certain responsibilities, including:

    Give up prior allegiances to other countries.
    Support and defend the Constitution and the laws of the United States.
    Swear allegiance to the United States.
    Serve the United States (e.g., in military service) when required.