NC Beheading Plot Suspect Gets Bail

To be fair, her part in the plot seems like it was limited to carrying messages from her visits with convicted terrorist Hysen Sherifi in prison to his brother on the outside. It was the brother that was actually trying to find someone to hire to behead three of the witnesses who testified against Sherifi at his terror trial in which he was convicted of being part of a larger plot to attack the Marine Corps base at Quantico, VA.

So, she's a small fish. But still ..... you get bail in a beheading plot?

A special education teacher charged with plotting to pay a hit man to behead witnesses who testified against a homegrown terrorist will be released on house arrest with a $1 million bond pending her trial, a federal judge ruled Thursday.

Nevine Aly Elshiekh, 46, could be sent to prison for life if convicted. But Senior U.S. District Judge W. Earl Britt determined she was not a threat to the public and unlikely to flee to her father's native Egypt or elsewhere overseas.

"I am doing this out of respect for your mother and father, and you must know if you violate the terms of your release, you place their future in jeopardy," Britt told Elshiekh during a hearing. Her lawyers said it could be next week before her family could put up the $1 million in cash or property needed to post her bond and meet other conditions the judge set for her release.

Is it just me, or does the familiar way in which the judge speaks of Elshiekh's parents indicate that they know each other? Elshiekh's father is a retired professor at NC State. I wonder if they know the judge? And if so, isn't there a conflict of interest here?

Posted by: Rusty at 03:54 PM


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