Farook family attorney defense: ‘Farook’s coworkers made fun of his beard’

The surviving relatives of Syed Rizwan Farook, who died along with his wife in a shootout with police after the couple brutally murdered 14 of Farook’s coworkers, have lawyered up.

I am guessing that the move is designed to protect Farook’s estate from being attached in the likely event that wrongful death suits are brought by the families of his victims.

Regardless of the motive, the family attorney, David Chesley, made a statement to the press yesterday, in which he attempted to explain that Wednesday’s deadly attack wasn’t an act radical Islamic terrorism but of workplace violence or driven by Islamophobia — or something.

The video courtesy of Los Angeles station KCAL, follows. In it Chesley begins with a variation of Postal Worker Syndrome:

There was information about the fact that his coworkers kind of made fun of him, for example, and his beard. He was a very isolated, introverted individual with really no friends that we could identify — like maybe one friend or no friends.

Then he moves on to the discrimination theory of the crime:

When an incident happens like this, when a Christian goes to shoot up a Planned Parenthood or an extreme Catholic goes and bombs an abortion clinic, all the headlines don’t say ‘extremist radical Christian, Catholic…’.


What Chesley’s defense fails to acknowledge is that there is nothing among practicing Christians or Catholics that is on a par with the Islamic State. What’s more, Tashfeen Malik, Farook’s wife, posted a pledge of allegiance to ISIS before helping (guiding?) her husband in the murder of more than a dozen people.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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