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Muslim Group: Jennings Needs U.S. Prosecution

New York taxi driver Mohamed Ammar, his lawyer and the Council on American-Islamic Relations say the case against William Bryan Jennings may be pursued in other courts, now that charges have been dropped in Stamford.

At a news conference Monday in Queens, the New York taxi driver whose hands were bloodied in a violent cab fare dispute last December said the dropping of charges against a Darien man was "very unfair," according to a Wall Street Journal report.

"When I hear […] this guy is going to run away with it, after all what happened to me, I'm very sad," taxi driver Mohamed Ammar said at a news conference in front of a mosque in Astoria, Queens, according to the newspaper.

Ammar's attorney, Hassan Ahmad, told reporters his client is still weighing whether or not to file a civil lawsuit against William Bryan Jennings. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) wants the U.S. Attorney's office to bring a hate crimes case against Jennings, according to a report in the Eyewitness News website for WABC-TV in New York.

Ahmad said that several weeks after the late December incident, Ammar discovered the knife just in front of where Jennings had been sitting and under the rear of the cab's front passenger seat, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Police had searched the cab within a week after the incident, but found nothing.

Ammar then waited several weeks more before letting prosecutors know he had found the knife. According to Ahmad, the taxi driver was afraid because his fingerprints were on the blade, according to Reuters.

Jennings had told police that Ammar was cut because he grabbed the blade.

Ammar said he made a "big mistake" by not alerting authorities sooner and giving them the knife.

According to the Wall Street Journal, "Mr. Ahmad said the assistant state's attorney spoke confidently about the case until abruptly announcing that it would be dropped. 'At no time did he say the knife was a major problem and then all of a sudden it's the whole case,' he said."

"He didn't know what it was; he didn't know whose it was. He picked it up and he realized at that point he's holding the knife that may have been the knife that was used," Ahmad said at the Queens news conference, according to WABC-TV Eyewitness News.

At a brief news conference in front of the Stamford courthouse, Jennings said, "It was a difficult ordeal for my family."

According to the Wall Street Journal, Reuters and Bloomberg Businessweek, Jennings is no longer employed by Morgan Stanley.

Editor's note: See also Darien Patch's past coverage of the case:

  • Darien Exec Charged with Assaulting Cabbie (March 3)
  • Jennings Pleads Not Guilty (March 9)
  • Jennings Case: No Charges for Cabbie (March 10)
  • Jennings' Lawyer: Police Made False Statements (March 30)
  • Charges Dropped Against Jennings in Taxi Case (Oct. 12)
  • Attorney: Explanations Monday for Dropping Jennings Charges (Oct. 13)
  • Prosecutor: Jennings' Charges Dropped Because Cabbie Withheld Knife  (Oct. 15)
Chris Noe October 16, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Ok, it's over. Does anyone have a recipe for pumpkin muffins.
Cath October 16, 2012 at 05:11 PM
I'm sure you are joking. But if you are NOT, then go to martha stewart's page. I like ALL of her recipes. Good luck. Another trick is to buy 'jiffy' oatmeal muffin mix and add a small bit of canned pumpkin in with it. They make AMAZING cheap muffins. :)
Darien Danny October 16, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Go back to being Steinkraus, you made a little more sense.
sam October 16, 2012 at 09:51 PM
No but I have a simple 2 ingredient recipe for pumpkin cookies if you would like
sebastian dangerfield October 16, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Good one. Yep the cops searched the cab---and presumably the man had scores of people in the cab--but he only found the knife 3 weeks later. Haha And forgot to tell police until way after that. Yeah sounds like a credible story. Not too different from Jennings not going to police....both guys did wrong. I have said that for months.... and both guys actions were understandable. In this day and age, we will have Muslim groups who find such behavior to be unacceptable...... are they really for justiice? Not so sure.
Darien Dan October 16, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Yea, not paying for the fare was a brilliant move by the drunk stabber. Between losing his job, and his legal fees, what is the tab up to? And, more may yet be in his future.
Darien Dan October 17, 2012 at 12:09 AM
"There is a race war against whites. But our people - my white brothers and sisters - will stay committed to a non-violent resolution. That resolution must consist of solidarity in white communities around the world. The hatred for our children and their future is growing and is being fueled every single day. Stay firm in your convictions. Keep loving your heritage and keep witnessing to others that there is a better way than a war torn, violent, wicked, socialist, new world order. That way is the Christian way - law and order - love of family - love of nation. These are the principles of western Christian civilization. There is a war to destroy these things. Pray that our people see the error of their ways and regain a sense of loyalty. Repent America! Be faithful my fellow believers. " National Director of The Knights, Pastor Thomas Robb
Concerned Citizen October 18, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Anybody wondering how/why this Ammar character had the knife in the first place? Sounds like Jennings told the truth about Ammar grabbing it from him... otherwise, how does Ammar have the knife. And then he says he found it underneath the front passenger seat (UNDERNEATH THE CARPET). Talk about "virtually impossible" (Perkowski's comment). This cabbie hid the knife in his pocket while the DPD searched his cab and found nothing. Wow. Jennings wins big in court and soon against the DPD. Time to move...
Concerned Citizen October 18, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Good luck Detective Perkowski and Mr. Bussell. Jennings coming for both of you...

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