Photobombing for judge’s edification?
at 1:35pm by John Stang
First-time offender Ali Abukar Mohamed hopes his photobombs with Seattle officials will lower his sentence convicted of selling crack cocaine, the Seattle Times reported.Mohamed faces an 8 ½ year sentence for selling crack cocaine in his shop in South Seattle in 2012 and 2013, mostly because of mandatory additions to his time because he sold the drug four blocks away from an elementary school. In an attempt to lower his sentence, Mohamed’s attorney, Howard Phillips, submitted a sentencing memorandum to the judge that includes reference letters attesting to Mohamed’s community work, signatures from over 200 individuals that support him and the dozens of snapshots of Mohammed with Seattle police officers, community members and officials including Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole and Mayor Ed Murray. The photos were Mohamed’s idea and intended to show his relentless engagement with his community. The officials were unaware they would be included in the file. — J.B.