UPDATE: Identity Thief Who Beat Up Fox Reporter On Camera Pleads Not Guilty

Generally speaking, your hopes of a successful plea of “not guilty, millud!” fade into the ether the second you beat the crap out of a news reporter on live television.

You might remember Sam, aka “Assad”, and his wive Rosa Barazza as the plucky identity thieves and real estate scam artists who beat the stuffing out of California’s Fox 6 News Reporter John Mattes. While we can all sympathize with the often-irrestistable urge to hit a smarmy television reporter so hard his whole family dies, the man was clearly guilty.

Still, Sam Suleiman’s gonna give a ‘not guilty’ plea a whirl. Suleiman was charged with battery causing great bodily injury, assault with a deadly weapon, making a criminal threat and intimidating a witness. He faces 10 years in prison, and that’s not taking into account his various real estate scams.

Mattes, of course, remains in rough shape, suffering cracked ribs, bite wounds and cuts to his face. And that body slam certainly couldn’t have helped anything. Luckily, reporters are like cockroaches, and possess amazing regenerative abilities. We’re sure he’ll be fine.

Pair pleads not guilty to beating San Diego television reporter [SignOnSanDiego.com]

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  1. Grasshopper says:

    Perhaps Suleiman’s “not guilty” plea is based on an assertion that someone stole his identity prior to the assault and it wasn’t really him on camera.

  2. RandomHookup says:

    Of course, video didn’t help Reginald Denny or Rodney King. I predict rioting in San Diego when the prep walks free.

  3. Paul D says:

    charged with battery causing great bodily injury, assault with a deadly weapon, making a criminal threat and intimidating a witness

    Assault with a deadly weapon?

    Does he have Smith and Wesson tattooed on his arms or something?

  4. Pelagius says:

    When the cops showed up he had grabbed a rock.

    Rock=deadly weapon

  5. tz says:

    I would note a nit that they should still say ALLEDGED Identity Thief.

    But would it still be battery if he picked up an AC adaptor instead of a rock?

  6. Mmmm. Stuffing.

  7. The Bans says:

    He’ll say he felt he was being threatened and the camera who was waving his arm in front of his wife made him feel threatened and the need to defend himself was a must.

    No way he gets off.

    “Weapon: a thing designed or used for inflicting bodily harm or physical damage”

  8. LafinJack says:

    Yeah, have someone wail on your ass with a rock and tell me it isn’t deadly.

    The “ROYAL ASS WHUPPINGS” tag also amused me.