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Nakoula Basseley Nakoula deserves a place in American history. He is the first person in this country jailed for violating Islamic anti-blasphemy laws. You won’t find that anywhere in the charges against him, of course. As a practical matter, though, everyone knows that Nakoula wouldn’t be in jail today if he hadn’t produced a video crudely lampooning the prophet Muhammad ...
A few years ago, he was sentenced to nearly two years in jail on bank fraud charges. He has more aliases than P. Diddy. Using a false name, Nakoula gulled actors into appearing in his video on the pretense that it was a desert epic and then went in afterward and dubbed in the anti-Muhammad lines. He is not going to win any good citizenship awards and violated the terms of his probation by using an alias (something Nakoula admits).
A violation of probation, though, usually produces a court summons and doesn’t typically lead to more jail time unless it involves an offense that would be worth prosecuting in its own right under federal standards. Not for Nakoula.