Saifullah Khan is a free man. Khan was acquitted on all counts at 12:44 PM by a jury of his peers. At 11:49 AM the jury sent a note to the judge asking to look at the screen shot of the Whats Up App that Attorney Norm Pattis entered into evidence through the testimony of Khan’s alibi witness Habasa. The screen shot showed a record of a phone call between Khan and Habasa that occurred in the middle of the night on Halloween, 2015, the date and time that the victim was allegedly raped.
I could hear noise coming from the jury room during deliberations. I heard mostly female voices speaking in loud voices. The foreperson of the jury was a middle aged woman. This woman read the verdict. I thought I heard someone in the jury room loudly say, “Shabtai is for shmeggegies.”
At 12:33 PM the jury sent a note to Judge Fischer indicating that they had reached a verdict. Attorney Norm Pattis was not there to hear the verdict. Attorney Erwin was there. Randal Beach from the New Haven Register was there. Reporters from the Yale Daily were there. Larry Noodles was there. Paul Bass and Chris Peak from the New Haven Independent were not there, they were out of town attending a Communist rally.
Khan had relatives to support him when the jury was read. There were some Middle Eastern family members and supporters in the courthouse. There was a group from a couple of non-profit organizations looking for criminal justice reform that were also there to support Khan. On the State’s side I recognized a couple of prosecutors and a few people who worked in the court house. I also recognized one mysterious young man, a Jew, who hugged Khan after the verdict was read. This Jew obviously is a friend of Khan. He is also a Yale graduate. I promised I wouldn’t publish his name, I will stick to my promise. Even though I am a convicted felon, I have set high standards for my blog. This Jew was very happy for Khan, outside the courthouse he joyously said “shalom alaikum.” I replied, shouldn’t it be “salaam alaikum,” Khan is a Muslim.
After the verdict was read Khan’s group hugged and cried in the courthouse, and then went outside the courthouse for more hugs. It was a very emotional moment. I didn’t see Khan’s girlfriend Habasa anywhere in sight. You would think that she would be there, not only is she his girlfriend, but she was his alibi, she saved his tuchus from getting raped in prison.
I congratulated Khan in the court hall. I asked Khan if I could take his picture in the courthouse. He said “no.”
Khan and his group had been reading my blog all along. Khan wanted to know if I paid royalties to the New Haven Register for misappropriating the photo of him from their website and creating a meme on my blog. Randall Beach, from the Register was in the courtroom, so I offered Randall a few bucks for using the photo. He told me to contact his editor. I personally do not make any of the memes I post. A Yale trained doctor located in an out-of-State safe house who creates all my meme material. I have a meme department located in the Midwest.
I spoke with Khan a number of times during the trial. He seems to be a decent guy, even though he was charged with a violent crime. I don’t think the jury wanted to send him to jail, which could also lead to deportation to Pakistan. He is a young guy. The victim was very drunk. It was not the strongest case for the State. I thought the victim presented very well, she cried for two days. But when she went to get tested for STD’s she told the nurse that she had intercourse with her partner. She didn’t mention anything about getting raped. In her police statement she said that she was pretty sure it was sex because she didn’t have sex in six months and it felt like the last time she had sex. When victims are giving statements to police officers and medical staff they are not anticipating that 2 years down the road they may be on trial. The State’s Attorney has to do the best job he can with the evidence he has. The victim testified that she was traumatized when she gave those statements. I thought State’s Attorney Pepper did the best he could with what he had.
I don’t think the jury bought into Norm’s theory of the case, if he even had a theory. He threw every theory out there, some inconsistent, hoping that something would stick. He attacked the me too movement, Yale, the New Haven Police, the Prosecutor, the witnesses, the victim. He came up with outlandish conspiracy theories about Yale, the Sexual Assault and Education Center, Title IX, the victim, Richard Gayler. Norm’s mind was filled with over the top conspiracy theories. To top it off, Khan and Habasa concocted a wild alibi of an open sexual relationship, with Khan on the phone with Habasa right after he had sex with the victim. Just for fun they threw in the theory that the victim’s throat rash and vomit was caused by Khan’s shmeckle going too deep and hitting the victim’s gag reflex. The verdict could have easily went the other way.
The case definitively proved that Shabtai is for the misfits at Yale. Khan was admittedly a misfit. Khan didn’t have any friends. He didn’t feel comfortable at Yale. He said that the only place he felt at home was at Shabtai. If Shabtai was the only place where Khan felt comfortable in New Haven, that’s not saying much for New Haven.
Shabtai member Richard Gayler is also a misfit. Richard testified for the victim. Richard is a professional gamer and high states poker player. He came across as a nerd who aspired to be a hipster. Richard testified that there were plenty of attractive and smart girls at Yale, why would he be jealous of Khan’s relationship with the victim. There may be many smart and attractive girls at Yale, but I doubt any of them would want to sleep with Richard Gayler. The leader of Shabtai is Rabbi Shmuly Hecht, who testified that he couldn’t tell if someone is intoxicated just by looking at them. Norm Pattis, in his closing argument, told the jury, “I was very disappointed with the rabbi’s testimony, if this is what passes off as leadership for Shabtai I don’t know who the hell would follow him…” The State’s Attorney, in his closing argument, told the jury, “I don’t like to disparage a member of the clergy, but…”
The case proved that Yale is no ivory tower. Yale is filled with students born with high IQs who get just as drunk and wasted as the students at Southern, Quinnipiac, and Gateway Community College. At one point during the trial Norm asked Richard Gayler whether it was hard to get into Yale. Richard paused for a few moments and looked at Norm incredulously. It is not hard to get into Yale if you always scored high on standardized tests, and studying and test taking came easy to you.
Different castes exist at Yale. You have the super rich kids, who only want a Yale degree for the prestige. You have the students who go on to medical school, law school or Wall Street. And then you have the middle class and poor kids who work at the cafeteria serving the rich students. Khan and the victim both worked at the cafeteria. Khan and the victim had two strikes against them at Yale. They were both poor and both from third world countries. If Khan was a prince from Saudi Arabia he would have fraternized with American one percenters. Instead, Khan was a poor young man from a poor country. My research department has determined that the victim comes from a Ukrainian Jewish background, a minority group that lived under religious oppression in the poor villages of the Ukraine. Khan and the victim were cut from the same cloth. Because he speaks Arabic, Khan was the only one who properly pronounced the word “Challah” during the entire trial. He pronounced it even better than Rabbi Shmuly Hecht.
Khan wouldn’t let me take his picture in the courthouse, so I took a video outside of the courthouse.