Lebanese-American woman accused of terrorism in traffic court
- The following article appeared on page A5 of the Friday, May 23, 2003 edition
of The Arizona Republic and is credited to The Associated Press.
WOMAN COLLAPSES AS JUDGE ASKS HER IF SHE'S A TERRORIST
Tarrytown, New York--A Lebanese-American woman who was in court to fight
parking tickets fainted when the judge asked her if she was a terrorist.
Anissa Khoder, 46, has filed a complaint with the state Commission on
Judicial Conduct over the May 15 incident before Tarrytown Village Justice
Crosbie, 79, confirmed this week that he made the remark but said he was
"probably kidding with her."
He denied accusing her of financially supporting terrorists.
There is no transcript of court sessions in Tarrytown.
Khoder told the Journal News that when her name was called, the judge asked
if she was a terrorist. She said she was offended but kept that to herself.
She said that after explaining why the tickets should be dismissed, "he said
something like, 'You have money to support the terrorists, but you don't want
to pay the ticket.'"
Both tickets were dismissed.
"There's no Arabic music in my home," she said. "I have a six-foot Christmas
tree each year."
She and her husband arrived in the United States 14 years ago, and she became
a U.S. citizen in 1993, a stepson said.
>Indeed so! Unfortunately she chose to cringe and grovel before the
>Annissa Khoder should have said that she doesn't want to pay the tickets
>precisely because she doesn't like to support terrorism!