An Illinois lawyer plans to use semantics in his defense to have a client cleared of making bomb threats at a casino at the beginning of this year. The client, Mustadin Muadinov, made the threats last in April or 2019 at the Floating Hollywood Casino located in Aurora.
However, reactions started pouring in because people misunderstood what the accused said, as stated in calvinayre.
According to the Daily Herald, just because Mustdin Muadinov, a Muslim man, wanted Allah to take over and destroy the Floating Casino did not imply he meant damage to the establishment. This is the lawyer’s point of view in the defense process, and she is planning to stick by it to the end.
The accused was at the casino on the 12th of February when he went into an argument with an employee. He went on to inform the employee that he had reserved a gift for the American President. He also stated that he would send his prayers to Allah if no effort was made to have him meet President Trump. He pointed out that the waitresses at the Casino were not dressed appropriately and that they would appear presentable if they were covered in burqas.
Given that Muadinov arrived at the casino and parked his large box truck in a no-parking zone around the casino, the workers became concerned and alerted the police. The entire casino was evacuated for at least six hours while the police searched the surrounding area.
However, no explosive materials were uncovered. More than 150 officers were called in to help with the search and maintain order.
Muadinov’s public defender, Brenda Willet, argues that the man, who is of Turkish Nationality, was homeless and had been living in the truck since he separated from his wife. She noted that he went to the casino to find some warmth, and his words and action have been read out of context.
However, the prosecution is looking at this matter from a different angle. They stated in court that the accused knew what he was saying and doing, and he had cased the establishment where the casino is located for more close to three hours the previous day. Joe Cullen, Illinois Assistant State Attorney, stated that Muadinov had intentionally been non-specific when he made the remarks. He essentially transmitted a threat via his actions and words.
Threatening to seek the intervention of a deity to cause harm and destruction sounds like terrorism. However, Allah would not show up in the sky and follow through with Muadinov’s request, but the accused’s intent reads very clear before the eyes of the prosecution, the same way screaming “fire” a cinema has been shown to lead to a legal reprisal.
If the court sides with the prosecution, the accused will have a tough day in court. The accused’s sentence ranges from probation to five years in the Federal prison for felony/disorderly conduct, deadly substance, or false bomb threat.