Rais Bhuiyan, Victim of Post-9/11 Shooting, to Sue the State to Try to Spare Attacker's Life

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At 10 this morning on the steps of the Heman Marion Sweatt Travis County Courthouse, Rais Bhuiyan, who was shot in the face by white supremacist Mark Stroman as part of a post-September 11, 2001 shooting spree, will announce that he's filing suit today against Gov. Rick Perry and other state officials. The suit is a last-ditch effort to prevent Stroman's execution, which is scheduled for July 20 in Huntsville.

Bhuiyan, who was working behind the counter of a Pleasant Grove convenience store when he was attacked, says in the pleading that Perry has violated his rights as a victim of a violent crime by ignoring his requests to meet with Stroman for mediation, something he's entitled to by law. "Victim restoration," improving the quality of care for victims of violent crime, is something Perry has long said is part of his platform as governor. An excerpt from the suit:
Plaintiff wishes to see reconciliation with Mark Stroman, and to pursue fill mediation with him. Plaintiff feels this way because his parents raised him with the religious principle that he is best who can forgive easily. He believes, as a Muslim, that human life is precious and that no one has the right to take another's life.

Plaintiff also seeks solace for the widows and children of murder victgims Vasudev Patel and Waqar Hasan, who are also victims in this tragedy, and who support Plaintiff in his efforts to seek reconciliation.

Plaintiffs is strongly motivated by his religious beliefs. Forgiveness is strongly motivated by his religious beliefs. Forgiveness is a long standing mechanism within many faiths, Islam being one of them, toward the healing of the soul. As a Muslim, Plaintiff is of the belief that when he forgives or promotes mercy for his attacker, the government should no longer have a duty or a right to exact the ultimate punishment upon Mr. Stroman.
We couldn't reach Bhuiyan this morning, but he and his attorney have sent a statement explaining the motivations behind the suit -- and offering a defense of Stroman's actions that resulted in two men dead and another blinded in one eye.

Bhuiyan's lawyer, Khurrum Wahid, said in a statement, "It is ironic that Rais Bhuiyan was shot by someone thinking it was a blow against Muslims, yet Islamic law would respect Rais' desire for forgiveness. The state of Texas has failed him as a victim. After suffering such a traumatic experience, surely we should respect Mr. Bhuiyan, rather than traumatize him again. We often hear, 'What about the rights of the victim!' The victim has rights even when his voice is not one of vengeance but one of forgiveness."

A press release sent last night lays out in more detail what Bhuiyan's camp says were the circumstances surrounding Stroman's state of mind before his shooting spree, which left two other men dead and Bhuiyan blinded in one eye and disfigured. Says the release:
"Fueled by his addiction to methamphetamine, which he used to medicate his post-traumatic stress disorder, Mark Stroman was close to the edge when he caught his girlfriend having an affair. Then came 9/11, and Mark Stroman responded to the fact that his half sister was killed in the World Trade Center by setting out take revenge on 'Arabs." He killed two innocent men and tried to kill Mr. Bhuiyan."
It remains unclear if Stroman's claim to have lost his half-sister on September 11 was ever verified.

Bhuiyan and his lawyer contend that the the Dallas County District Attorney's Office "pushed forward with the death penalty" without consulting him or the families of the other victims, who he says support his campaign. They also charge that Stroman's lawyer put up a "desultory" defense.

In recent weeks, Bhuiyan has taken his campaign to save Stroman's life internationally, with profiles appearing in both The Guardian and The Independent. The last time he spoke to Unfair Park, Bhuiyan said he was moved by the support he's received in his quest. "This cause is truly a human cause," he said. In the statement he released yesterday, Bhuiyan added that "along with the families of the other victims in the case, I have been ignored and sidelined, year after year. My parents taught me to believe passionately in compassion and respect. If Governor Perry really means it when he says victims' rights are a priority, we need action rather than hollow words."Bhuiyan v Perry
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Colmo04
Colmo04

Why do people interpreting texts from the Christian bible think they are faintly relevant to this discussion? This is a multi-cultural, multi-racial democracy based on law and the separation of Church and State--- not Bible School in some backwater town in the deep south, where no one's ever been anywhere, had an original thought, or realized there's a very big, non-Christian, world out there, made up of people who care little for their particular Christian beliefs.I think that Mr. Bhiuyan has put us, Gov. Perry and our punitive, revenge-based judicial system to shame. Two whom do their religious beliefs actually mean something? To the plaintiff, or to Gov. Perry and the good citizens of Texas?

Dudley Sharp
Dudley Sharp

None of these efforts, inclusive of the baseless lawsuit, will result in the stated goal of Stroman's commutation.

The real goal is to publicize another anti death penalty effort, which will have little effect on the discussion.

Some points:Any violation of vicitm's rights should be condemned, with a pursuit of remedy, inclusive of legal action. Stroman can find no releif based upon such a claim, as Mr. Bhuiyan is aware. The greatest violator of vicitm's rights in this case is Stroman.Rais Bhuiyan avoided the obvious.

The only one exhibiting hate in this case is Mark Stroman. His hatred resulted in him murdering two innocent people and the attempted murder of Mr. Bhuiyan.Mr. Bhuiyan has forgiven Stroman for that attempted murder.I think that the forgiveness Mr Bhuiyan has given to Stroman is important.Both Gov. Perry and the parole board should reject Mr. Bhuiyan's petition to commute Stroman's death sentence to a life sentence for clear reasons.

Considering Mr. Bhuiyan's position, the commutation request should be rejected, because the foundation for Stroman's death sentence is justice, not hatred. Mr. Bhuiyan has, simply, invented that it is based in hatred. Therefore, there is not foundation for the commutation request, as it is wrongly based upon false allegation of hatred. (1)

Additionally, Mr. Bhuiyan's believes that his forgiveness should provide enough to commute Stroman's sentence to life.First, Stroman is not on death row for the attempted murder of Buiyan, but for the capital murder of Vasudev Patel.

In addition:

1) Mr. Bhuiyan has the moral authority to forgive Stroman for the attempted murder of himself, Mr. Bhuiyan does not have the moral authority to forgive for crimes committed against others.2) Anyone can forgive someone for the crimes committed against themselves and still find that a proper sanction, justice, is appropriate in that case.3) Importantly, forgiveness cannot preclude punishment. In fact, punishment can be an important part of forgiveness. Both parties, the victim and the perpetrator, can give and seek forgiveness, respectively, and both can understand that a proper sanction should be a part of the forgiveness process. The criminal should take responsibility for their crimes, confess to them, accept the sanction given and seek forgiveness based upon true sorrow and repentance.

Hopefully, that is what Stroman will do.4) The only one who can forgive the perpetrator for the crime is the victim of that crime. Stroman's two murder victims cannot offer their forgiveness. They're dead.

As Mr. Bhuiyan's commutation efforts are solely founded on the wrongful charge of hatred and his erroneous understanding of forgiveness, both offer no foundation for commutation.

As time goes by, it is clear that Mr. Bhuiyan's crusade is, strictly, an anti death penalty effort.

Mr. Bhuiyan's is not trying to end all sanctions against Stroman, but is making a plea to commute Sroman's death sentence to a life sentence - meaning that Mr. Bhuiyan does understand that sanction and forgiveness have no conflict and that hatred need have no connection to sanction, as is in evident in this case. Justice is the connection to sanction. (2) 

The death penalty is given by juries for the same reason lesser sanctions are, that is that they are a just, appropriate and proportional sanction for the crime committed.Stroman's crimes

Stroman, a white supremecist, additionally,confessed to the Sept. 15, 2001 Dallas murder of Wagar Hasan, an immigrant and Pakistani Muslim. The two murders and the attempted murder were all hate crimes, committed from September 15, 2001 to October 4, 2001, based upon Stroman seeking revenge against Muslims for the 9/11 attacks. Stroman, previously, served a two year sentence for one count of burglary of a building and one count of theft of property; released on parole in absentia; returned from parole in absentia with an 8 year sentence from Dallas County for two counts of credit card abuse and one count of robbery; released on parole on 08/26/1991.

1) "The Death Penalty: Neither Hatred nor Revenge"http://homicidesurvivors.com/2...

2) "Death Penalty Support: Christian and secular Scholars"http://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/...

Kuei
Kuei

Yeah, like I'm gonna read all that.

dudleysharp
dudleysharp

Kuei:

I understand. I like to be thorough and, sometimes, that takes more than a sounddbite.

Kuei
Kuei

Why would he want to deprive the american people of their joy to kill? Killing is all americans live for.

Dudley "Booger" Dawson
Dudley "Booger" Dawson

You will die alone and hated.

Jake_V
Jake_V

he somewhat has a point here this time.  I find it to be rather barbaric that we all thrive on war and death penalty so much.  Everyone's pissed about Anthony because they wanted her to hit the chair screaming like a little bitch...I mean, hes a troll but he has a valid point.

Jake_V
Jake_V

i see your point, except for when you are really trolling...unfortunately I don't always agree with you...

dudleysharp
dudleysharp

Sure, some can, some can't just like those of every country.

Kuei
Kuei

I've always got a valid point. Unfortunately, people USUALLY cannot see where I'm driving to. Americans cannot connect the dots.

porky
porky

I truly think he is dueing this not because he truly wants to 'save this particular mans life' but because he wants to somehow bring up stuff about being a 'muslim' and try to change the reputation muslims have... Just sayin

BCulbreath
BCulbreath

Is this the same religion that will stone a woman to death ? Same religion where father killed his daughter because she dated American non Muslim guy?

Jake_V
Jake_V

the same religion my wife is a part of and her church, her sect if Shia Islam doesn't condone or do any of this.  Her church active speaks out against it.

Go read more, your comments show your ignorance, not all muslims are bad, dont believe everything dubaya and Obummer tell you...fool.

Guest
Guest

This is a brave stance by Mr. Bhuiyan, and I hope the State of Texas can learn from his example. Repaying murder with murder only creates more harm.

Jay
Jay

This is a SLAP suit, brought in Mr. Bhuiyan's name by a couple of anti-death penalty advocacy groups. If this suit is found to lack merit, I hope the court assess the attorneys fees and expenses  incurred by the states in defending this suit. The allegation made in the opening paragraphs indicate to me the purpose of this suit is merely to delay the execution.

Interestingly, Mr. Stroman never even raised the issue of his sister being kill in the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center as his motivation for murder.....until his first appeal. Since that time, he has never even mentioned her name. Its looking increasingly like she is a figment of his mind and his legal team's need for something..anything to mitigate this man's violent nature.

Barrayaran
Barrayaran

The term is actually SLAPP -- "strategic lawsuit against public participation" -- and by definition, it doesn't apply here, since the case is about Mr. Bhuiyan's rights under Texas law as a victim rather than about free speech, and also because it's highly unlikely the suit could bankrupt or censor the state of Texas.  In fact, Mr. Bhuiyan's suit is really for public participation, not against it.

Likeicare
Likeicare

You know, the biggest and best reason to be against the death penalty is because God said "Thou shalt not kill."  Period.  Another reason is that it puts us on the same lack of humanity level as the inmate. 

Dudley SHarp
Dudley SHarp

The correct translation is "thou shalt not murder". The later the biblical version, the more likely it is to read "murder", as it is recognized as the more accurate translation, as in keeping thousands of years of teachings on the topic.In addition, God describes a number of crimes for which the death penalty is to be imposed by man, descriptions which are made soon after the Ten Commandments are passed down.It is well known within biblical studies that many killings are morally licit and quite clearly so.Killing is morally licit, biblically, with self defense, defense of others, just wars and execution of wrongdoers.Clearly, to most theologians, God's intend can't be that all kiilling is prohibited, as foundations and commands for execution are throughout the bible, as well as are killings on a just war and self defense and defense of others.A very straight forward review is here:http://www.godandscience.org/a..."Death Penalty Support: Christian and secular Scholars" http://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/... Christianity and the death penalty http://www.prodeathpenalty.com... and other Christian References: Support for the Death Penalty, http://homicidesurvivors.com/2...

4711Water
4711Water

If you know what the Bible means in context, kill is murder.  Thou shalt not murder.  If you KNOW what the Bible says and not parrot what others say you will also know under Noah's covenant with God that executing a person by the government is allowed.  Knowing the Bible and just quoting what you've heard ARE NOT the same.  Do your homework before posting.

Tad Banyon
Tad Banyon

The Bible is a wonderful document for giving everyone an opportunity to interpret it to mean what they want it to mean. 

Jake_V
Jake_V

yes sir it is....

No one, including the government, which last time I checked, is ultimately people has the right to kill.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

..again a "christian" such as 4711Water claiming to know spiritual/rabbinic law. I look at it like this: Life is precious and not ours to determine whom lives or dies, no matter the crime. Thats just a basic tennet of humanity that keeps us from devolving into wild beasts. Some people, however, I think are on that cusp..

Jake_V
Jake_V

thank you, again well said.

victoria_29
victoria_29

OMFG this is just a leftwing attack on Gov Perry because they KNOW that if he runs for POTUS obama will be lucky to carry more than NY & CA.  The religion of peace & forgiveness ...oh please spare me the BS. 

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Wow, where to start...im guessing you're one of those "wingnuts" that we've heard about in the media. I find it ironic that anytime I see the "Stars & Bars" displayed, I usually can predict the attitude that comes along with, similar to a piece of rotten fruit falling not far from the tree.

In all seriousness, for a group of people (southern republicans) who attest to believing in the word and testimony of Jesus Christ, they sure dont act like it when it comes to issues of this nature. It makes me think of something once said by bara dada:

"Jesus is ideal and wonderful, but you Christians -- you are not like him."

Jake_V
Jake_V

that is an amazing quote.  I prefer to term myself as spiritual in contrast to christian...

porky
porky

And Omg there are preachers and pastors who set up many websites and who stand outside death row voting against the death penalty dont let some ignorant troll take up for anyone, she is clearly ignorant and small minded and knows nothing about anything in this world.

Nikki
Nikki

Hey i am a Christian and i'm nothing like Victoria29 she obviously is better off not commenting. And why are you assuming shes a Christian? I might of missed it but i havn't seen her say she was.

Lance Rentzel
Lance Rentzel

run along back to redstate, powerline, breitfart et al.  Your hilariously ignorant comments are not needed here, but are over there in the echo chamber of dumb.

Diana Powe
Diana Powe

Mr. Bhuiyan is an absolute model for anyone who claims to stand on any principle.

Jake_V
Jake_V

Well said.  Well said.  This man IS principled and she be treated as a model for human dignity values and morals.

victoria_29
victoria_29

Love all you left wing trolls.....guess you have clearly forgotten 9/11, Ft Hood, Pantie Bomber, Time Square Bomber.  People like you are a clear danger to this country too ignorant to even recognize the enemy.  This is nothing but a ploy

Jake_V
Jake_V

you're an undisguised ignoramus.  My wife, whom is Muslim, must be a terrorist as well eh?

Oh and I am a, read, LIBERTARIAN, not a left wing anything, pretty far from even what the right is considered now...

Scrotex
Scrotex

No one has forgotten those events.  They were committed by fanatical Muslim murderers who are the exception, not the rule, and it doesn't take a left-wing troll to see it.  People like you are just too ignorant to believe that there are Muslims here who actually walk the walk of forgiveness and peace.  I've met Rais, and I can't say that I know many Westerners who could measure up to him.....he's a passionate, articulate, and generous human being who loves life, and cannot bear to see that taken from someone.  If one good Muslim is so hard for you to believe, Victoria, you are clearly a danger to this country and the gene pool.

Jake_V
Jake_V

well said sir.

I further that by said all the hatred towards Muslim;s is just a deception from our Government to introduce fear and allow fear based control and legislation...its a ploy for power folks.  That's all.

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

I do remember Tim McVeigh the Atlanta Olympic bomber Uni-bomber the Mormon book bomber the Weatherman bombers The Klan Mississippi church bombers....

And they all were White .

Tad Banyon
Tad Banyon

So.... you're saying Stroman was right to go shoot up a bunch of innocent Middle eastern looking dudes?

P.S. - love your little confederate flag... GO SLAVERY!

Mike
Mike

Mr. Stroman is not involved in the lawsuit.  What happens to him and when it happens is not part of the law cited.  It's between Mr. Bhuiyan and the Governor.  The Governor can meet with him the day after Mr. Stroman receives his just punishment to let him know that the state did as instructed by the court in his case. 

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

I don't think the guy's life should be saved, but Mr Bhuiyan deserves closure and he should receive that closure. I can't see Stroman really just sitting and taking it, if he's going to die and he's still with the Aryan Brotherhood, it's an opportunity for him to spew any hateful rhetoric to pump up his group.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Another reason I respect Mr. Bhuiyan, he's willing to take on the state to save a mans life, eventhough he doesnt have to. If we all exhibited the same kind of compassion to the people who had wronged us in our lives, this world would be a much better place.

I find it ironic that the christian love that people like Emperor Perry seem to talk at length about are the ones who usually dont practice it. Heres his chance to prove if he can "put up or shut up" in that case..

Tad Banyon
Tad Banyon

I find the people who crow the loudest about their personal relationship with Jesus are the least likely to act as Jesus would. Is there any doubt at all that if Jesus were here, he would tell Rick Perry to spare the man's life? Any doubt whatsoever?

Dudley Sharp
Dudley Sharp

Maybe:

1) God/Jesus: 'Honor your father and your mother,' and 'Whoever curses father or mother must certainly be put to death.' Matthew 15:4

This is a New Testament command, which references serveral of the same from the OT.2) Jesus: "So Pilate said to (Jesus), "Do you not speak to me? Do you not know that I have power to release you and I have power to crucify you?" Jesus answered (him), "You would have no power over me if it had not been given to you from above." John 19:10-113) Jesus: Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying, "Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us." The other, however, rebuking him, said in reply, "Have you no fear of God, for you are subject to the same condemnation? And indeed, we have been condemned justly, for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes, but this man has done nothing criminal." Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." (Jesus) replied to him, "Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise." Luke 23: 39-43

It is not the nature of our deaths, but the state of salvation at the time of death which is most important.4) Jesus: "You have heard the ancients were told, ˜YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT MURDER" and "Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court". But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever shall say to his brother, "Raca", shall be guilty before the supreme court and whoever shall say, "You fool", shall be guilty enough to go into fiery hell." Matthew 5:17-22.

Firery hell is a considerable more severe sanction than any earthly death.5) The Holy Spirit: God, through the power and justice of the Holy Spirit, executed both Ananias and his wife, Saphira. Their crime? Lying to the Holy Spirit - to God - through Peter. Acts 5:1-11.

No trial, no appeals, just death on the spot.

6) God: "You shall not accept indemnity in place of the life of a murderer who deserves the death penalty; he must be put to death." Numbers 35:31 (NAB) full context http://www.usccb.org/nab/bible...

7) Saint (& Pope) Pius V, "The just use of (executions), far from involving the crime of murder, is an act of paramount obedience to this (Fifth) Commandment which prohibits murder." "The Roman Catechism of the Council of Trent" (1566).

8) All interpretations, contrary to the biblical support of capital punishment, are false. Interpreters ought to listen to the Bible’s own agenda, rather than to squeeze from it implications for their own agenda. As the ancient rabbis taught, “Do not seek to be more righteous than your Creator.” (Ecclesiastes Rabbah 7.33.). Part of Synopsis of Professor Lloyd R. Bailey’s book Capital Punishment: What the Bible Says, Abingdon Press, 1987.

9) Quaker biblical scholar Dr. Gervas A. Carey: " . . . the decree of Genesis 9:5-6 is equally enduring and cannot be separated from the other pledges and instructions of its immediate context, Genesis 8:20-9:17; . . . that is true unless specific Biblical authority can be cited for the deletion, of which there appears to be none. It seems strange that any opponents of capital punishment who professes to recognize the authority of the Bible either overlook or disregard the divine decree in this covenant with Noah; . . . capital punishment should be recognized . . . as the divinely instituted penalty for murder; The basis of this decree . . . is as enduring as God; . . . murder not only deprives a man of a portion of his earthly life . . . it is a further sin against him as a creature made in the image of God and against God Himself whose image the murderer does not respect." (p. 111-113) Essays on the Death Penalty, T. Robert Ingram, ed., St. Thomas Press, Houston, 1963, 1992.

Tad Banyon
Tad Banyon

Actually, I said someone who purports to be a Christian like Rick Perry should do what Jesus would do. And if you think Jesus would have killed his own son or daughter for cursing him, you've gotten a little carried away by your overzealous quest to justify capital punishment.

Are you not goin to answer the question? Since youre the expert on Jesus and all. Do you kill first and then forgive, or forgive first and then kill? He did say forgive, did he not? So it seems like a reasonable question. Surely you must have an answer about forgiveness, since you have such an exhaustive justification for killing.

How many hours did you spend picking through scripture to find reasons to excuse killing, and not a single word about what was one of the cornerstones of Jesus's message, forgiveness? What does that say about you?

Dudley Sharp
Dudley Sharp

Tad:

You were the one who said we should follow what Jesus would do. You brought it up.

Tad Banyon
Tad Banyon

Well thank you for pointing out why America isn't (and shouldn't be) legislated according to the crackpot teachings of the bible. 

But I'm a little confused about the order.

Is it forgive first, then kill? Or kill first, then forgive?

dudleysharp
dudleysharp

no. that is what God/Jesus say. You're free to reject it.

As you know, I was reponding to your:

"Is there any doubt at all that if Jesus were here, he would tell Rick Perry to spare the man's life? Any doubt whatsoever?"

Of course there is doubt. That was the point, in answer to your question.

Tad Banyon
Tad Banyon

So... you're saying every kid who curses at his mom or dad should be put to death?Do you have kids? I'm guessing the answer is, "not anymore"

porky
porky

Why are you bringing Jesus into this? There are many preachers and pastors who have websites set up to try and change the death penalty, or who stand outside death row voting against it. I think he is just trying to somehow change the bad reputation that muslims have by doing this, I'm not small minded though i do believe there are alot of good muslims im just saying.

Jake_V
Jake_V

that last statement is false, thank you for pointing it out.

Like the Westboro Baptist church who rountelu preach death of soldiers and people like Christina Green are in the name of god due to homosexuality.

Its absurd, most religious teach peace and forgiveness not anger and revenge.  There sects of Islam just like sects of bible thumping, fag hating, abortion doctor killing Christians that preach nothing but hatred and contempt.

After 9/11 Muslim 's got a bad wrap due to a few, and reality is, in America we have tried to ignore abortion doctor killing 'conservative;' Christians for 20+ years now.

They are just as bad if not worse...

Jake_V
Jake_V

my wife is Muslim...and her culture and church speak forgiveness over revenge every day.  Its really the sect of Islam and churches/preachers whom preach this stuff in either direction.

Tad Banyon
Tad Banyon

I bring Jesus into it because Rick Perry is constantly telling us all how into Jesus he is. Just pointing out that he's a total phony who uses Jesus for political gain. 

So you think this guy is insincere and is just trying to get us all to think better of Muslims why exactly? Is it just something you feel in your bones or what?

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