'Innocence of Muslims' Filmmaker Gets One Year In Prison − Though Not For Movie
Mark Basseley Youssef, the California man behind Innocence of Muslims, is going to prison, although not for the Islam-goading movie he made.
The Associated Press (via the New York Daily News) is reporting that U.S. District Court Judge, Christina Snyder, sentenced Youssef — who's also been identified in media reports as Nakoula Basseley — to one year in the big house after he admitted to four of eight alleged probation violations stemming from a 2010 bank fraud conviction, including obtaining a fraudulent California drivers license.
None of the violations had to do with the content of "Innocence of Muslims," a film that depicts Mohammad as a religious fraud, pedophile and a womanizer. The movie sparked violence in Libya and other parts of the Middle East, killing dozens.
Although a film as amateurishly made as Innocence of Muslims should be a crime, Youssef's inflammatory film is protected under the First Amendment. As George Clooney told Movieline, the film excerpt that appeared on YouTube "made me mad and I’m not Muslim," adding: "The simple truth is that in order to make [democracy] work, the idiots get to have their say, too.
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