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Lawyer: 9/11, mental illness affected St. John’s student:

This may just be the lowest thing a lawyer has ever tried in the 7-year-history of this website.

The lawyer for St. John’s gunman Omesh Hiraman is claiming that 9/11 caused Hiraman’s schizophrenia which caused him to take a gun onto the St. John’s campus.

Moments before the Sept. 11 terror attack, Omesh Hiraman and his classmates at nearby Stuyvesant High School gathered outside to take their senior class pictures, his lawyer said Thursday.

The subsequent mayhem, with Hiraman running north for two miles until he was lost, sent him on a downward spiral from which he’s never recovered — an argument likely to be made in court now that he has been accused of carrying a loaded rifle onto the campus of St. John’s University.

“It’s 9/11 aftermath,” said his lawyer, Anthony Colleluori, of Woodbury. “He changed after 9/11 and went downhill. It’s not Columbine. This is not Virginia Tech. This is something that goes on every day on the streets of America, someone who is mentally ill and needs help.”

This bottom feeder is not only disrespecting the victims of 9/11 he’s also disrespecting his client. If he thinks a 9/11 defense is going to fly with a New York City jury he’s dreamin’.

I’m actually a little sympathetic towards Hiraman. So far it sounds like he may have had legitimate mental and medical problems. His lawyer would do better if he used that as a defense instead of pulling the 9/11 card.

Hiraman’s family seems like they care about him an awful lot. If they care that much they may want to look into getting him new representation.

7 thoughts on “SJU Gunman’s lawyer says 9/11 made him do it

  1. Jim says:

    I really hate lawyers


  2. Anon says:

    Although I dislike the argument the lawyer is using, I believe that he is doing his job to the best of his ability, and I respect that.


  3. Trench says:

    If that’s the best of his ability he’s not very good.


  4. ZappaCrappa says:

    I seem to remember reading that the lawyer at one point was claiming something like overzealous police work or something and they were over stating what was going on. Then meds. Now 9/11. I wonder what he will pull out of the excuse hat next? Bullying? Abuse? Hate crime? The possibilities are endless when you are a morally bankrupt attorney. “Morally bankrupt attorney”…that would describe about 98% of lawyers. I’m with you Jim.


  5. Jim says:

    They are the #1 cause of the degradation of our country. The judges who permit frivolous cases and bullshit excuses should be disbarred too.
    It always comes back to the original OJ case and that awful McDonalds lawsuit for me (when it comes to stupid judges)

    WHY ?! why did Judge Itto permit the irrefutable dna evidence to be removed from the case ?

    WHY ?!! why did a judge even begin to entertain a woman who spilled her own coffee on herself, wanting to sue McDonalds ?

    these are adults who didn’t want to be responsible for their own actions. How can we expect our youth to be responsible if our adults don’t even try ?


  6. poerba says:

    Evokes Jon Stewart’s diagnosis of Rudy Giuliani:

    9/11 Tourette’s.


  7. Anon says:

    Oh yeah, sky-high divorce rate, slow collapse of sense of community, abandonment of social responsibility, they have nothing on the damned lawyers doing their job poorly. Popular culture glorifying sex and violence, victim culture, wars without real causes, they can all be traced to the dipshit judges. I do not agree with the lawyer, and in fact I believe his argument is completely spurious, but at least he’s doing his job, poorly though he may. I also think that idiot lawyers and judges tend to be a lot rarer than people say. And judges usually follow the law. That’s what they are required to do. When the law is idiotic but clear, they should not be punished for it. On the other hand, the truly idiotic judges should, as you say, be disbarred.


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