Thursday, August 24, 2006

Man says he whispered 'pump,' guard claims it was 'bomb'

How embarrassing...

Chicago Sun-Times
August 24, 2006

The female airport security guard held the small, black, squeezable rubber object she'd just plucked out of Mardin Amin's backpack, and eyed it suspiciously.

Standing next to his mother, an embarrassed Amin whispered out of one corner of his mouth that it was a "pump" -- as in a penis pump. The guard misunderstood the Iraqi man and thought she heard the word "bomb," Amin's attorney told a Cook County judge Wednesday.

"He told her it's a pump," attorney Eileen O'Neill-Burke said as a cluster of burly, snickering police officers watched the court proceedings. "He's standing with his mother. Of course he's not going to shout this out."

But after listening to the female guard testify she heard Amin "clearly" say the word bomb during the Aug. 16 incident at O'Hare Airport, Judge Gerald Winiecki decided there was enough evidence for the case to move forward. Amin, 29, is charged with felony disorderly conduct and faces up to three years in prison if convicted.


From activist judges to dodo judges.

It all boils down to his word against that of a security guard. And, sadly, we all know the outcome. Only a well-known, wealthy, pill-popping, limp-petered, arrogant, rethuglican radio show fat ass could skirt said situation.