U.S. Muslim pleads guilty to threatening TV show over Prophet Mohammad image

February 9, 2012

(Eric Cartman, one of the stars of the animated TV series South Park, 22 February 2010/Hunter Kahn)

A Muslim convert from New York pleaded guilty on Thursday for his role in threatening the writers of the satirical “South Park” television show for their depiction of the Prophet Mohammad and to other criminal charges, the U.S. Justice Department said. It said Jesse Curtis Morton, who is also known as Younus Abdullah Muhammed, admitted his guilt at a federal court hearing in Alexandria, Virginia. He ran a website that encouraged Muslims to engage in violence against enemies of Islam.

Morton pleaded guilty to making threatening communications, using the Internet to put others in fear and using his position as leader of the Revolution Muslim organization’s Internet sites to conspire to commit murder. He worked on website postings with Zachary Chesser, a Virginia man who pleaded guilty in October 2010 to sending threatening communications to the writers of the comedy show and to other charges.

Morton, 33, was arrested in Rabat, Morocco, last year and brought back to the United States. He faces up to 15 years in prison when sentenced on May 18.

Morton admitted that he aided Chesser in taking repeated steps in April 2010 to encourage violent extremists to attack the South Park writers for the episode on the cable channel Comedy Central that featured Mohammad in a bear suit.

Most Muslims consider any depiction of the founder of Islam as offensive. Morton and Chesser posted where the writers resided and encouraged online readers to “pay them a visit,” according to court documents.

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That’s really the best picture they could find of Eric Cartman?

Posted by ice-9 | Report as abusive

Jesse will get a chance to convert some of his brothers in prison. Many if not most moslems get converted in prison.

Posted by Infidell | Report as abusive

Good riddance. We cannot tolerate intolerance.

Posted by CommanderKeen | Report as abusive