In Arizona, two people were recently convicted of murder, but the sentences to be served couldn’t be more different.
In the first example, Faleh Hassan Almaleki, an Iraqi immigrant to the U.S., was charged with second-degree murder for carrying out an honor killing of his daughter, Noor Almaleki. In the second case, Shawna Forde, an immigration activist and former Minuteman, was put on death row for conspiring to murder Raul Flores and his daughter Brisenia.
Faleh Almaleki moved his family from Iraq to a suburb of Phoenix, Ariz., in the mid-1990s. They were part of the large contingent of Iraqis that were granted asylum visas by President Bush, purportedly so that they could escape persecution from Saddam Hussein. Many of the refugees chose Arizona as their new home.
Almaleki was a traditionalist who demanded that Noor, his 17-year-old daughter, adhere to Iraqi traditions. He became frustrated and bitter because he felt that Noor had been corrupted by a desire to live as a modern American woman. According to court records, Noor refused to enter an arranged marriage in Iraq. Instead, Noor moved in with her 19-year-old boyfriend to avoid her father’s abusive behavior, but that only served to enrage him even more.
In a premeditated act of violence, Faleh murdered his daughter to evoke what he considered to be an “honor killing” under Shariah law.
Faleh waited for the right moment to kill Noor. She was walking in a parking lot when her father slammed the gas pedal down on his murder weapon – a pickup truck that mowed down Noor and the mother of her boyfriend. Noor died two weeks later, while Amal Khalaf survived after going through months of intensive care in the hospital.
Faleh’s family and friends supported the honor killing, and they became accomplices to the crime when they hid Faleh from the police. Family and friends helped Faleh escape to Mexico where he boarded an airplane to evade U.S. law enforcement. Fortunately, authorities caught up with Faleh in London and arrested him before his planned exit to Iraq. No charges were ever filed against Almaleki family members or friends who acted as co-conspirators.
Faleh showed no remorse for the cold-blooded killing and neither did his family. They believed that misogynous Shariah laws took precedence over the laws of U.S., despite the fact that they vowed to honor and obey our laws and Constitution when they took the oath of citizenship.
Faleh faced the death penalty for his crime, but got off relatively easy with charges of second-degree murder, aggravated assault and two counts of leaving the scene of an accident.
On April 15, 2011, Faleh was sentenced to serve 34 1/2 years in prison. He got only 16 years for the actual murder. Judge Steinle refused to admit that religion had anything to do with these crimes, even though there is no doubt Shariah law condones and allows honor killings, and Faleh himself left no doubt that he was a Muslim fundamentalist. Judge Steinle made this very naive statement at the sentencing:
For someone to say this crime was committed to restore someone’s honor, they really do not understand what religion is all about. [“Arizona Honor Killing: Faleh Hassan Al-Maleki Sentenced”]
So, a politically correct judge completely dismissed the obvious religious motivations for this murder. This despite a telephone conversation Faleh had with his wife Seham from jail:
Listen, have [friends] sit across from the [U.S.] consulate [in Iraq] and hold signs saying, “The Iraqi honor is precious.” Signs saying that I’m not a criminal, [that] I didn’t break into someone’s house, [that] I didn’t steal. You know what I mean? And for an Iraqi, honor is the most valuable thing. No one hates his daughter, but honor is precious, and nothing is better than honor, and we are a tribal society that can’t change. I didn’t kill someone off the street. I tried to give her a chance, but no result. [“People you will see in Hell: Faleh Hassan Almaleki”]
Not everyone gets off so easy in Arizona courts. Case in point: Shawna Forde.
Shawna Forde’s case has little in common with Almaleki except that she was also tried and convicted for murder.
Forde’s trial was held in the city of Tucson in the Pima County Superior Court. Pima County is an area of Arizona where anti-white and anti-American sentiment is seething as the influx of immigrants from south of the border shifts the balance of power toward a Mexican-centric view of culture and government. The political and cultural balance has changed into one where drug cartel violence and human smuggling is socially acceptable and commonplace, and where public schools teach Mexican Heritage classes that consider ways to form the new nation of Aztlan.
As if the political climate weren’t bad enough to guarantee an unfair trial, the proceedings were held at the same time the nutcase Jared Loughner unloaded his gun on innocent people, including Rep. Giffords. Forde’s trial was held in an atmosphere where the mainstream media and liberal think tanks went on a media rage to associate Loughner with immigration activists – like Shawna Forde. The timing of the trial was unfortunate, and yet Judge Leonardo refused to allow a change of venue. Forde’s conviction and death sentence were a done deal before the trial ever began.
Contrary to popular mythology, Shawna Forde got the death penalty even though she did not murder anyone. So, even if the prosecution is 100 percent correct about Shawna Forde’s involvement in a conspiracy to rob drug cartel members, and there are many reasons to doubt the evidence, she did not fire a gun and didn’t commit murder. The prosecution says that Forde was in another room when the shootings occurred, and they agree that Forde did not actively participate in the shooting:
Forde may not have pulled the trigger, “But make no mistake about it, she’s the one who planned the event, recruited the people to do it and she went in there with them,” Unklesbay said. [“State’s closing arguments paint Forde as mastermind,” Arizona Daily Star]
It took just four hours of deliberation by the mostly Hispanic (one man and 11 women) jury to condemn Forde to death by lethal injection. Defense Lawyer Eric Larsen’s statement makes a lot of sense in context of the fact that Shawna Forde did not kill anyone:
We used to talk to people about why do we kill people to teach people that killing people is wrong. This jury is killing people that don’t kill people, apparently to teach people that killing is wrong.
These two Arizona cases are sad illustrations of the fact that justice is definitely not blind. Sentences by two different Arizona courts illustrate the capricious and arbitrary penalties imposed by our legal system, and more disturbingly how the courts have been corrupted by political correctness, mob rule and race-based politics.
Rob Sanchez is author of the Job Destruction Newsletter. He writes for VDARE.com and has been on various radio talk shows, including “Chuck Wilder Talkback.”