OHIO: Lebanese-American judge hands down harsh sentence for former Marine charged with mosque arson for setting fire to a prayer rug

Does U.S. District Judge Jack Zouhary’s Lebanese background influence his decisions regarding Christian defendants and plaintiffs?

Stripes  TOLEDO, Ohio — A former Marine from Indiana admitted that he broke into a mosque in Ohio and set fire to a prayer rug because he wanted revenge for the killings of American troops overseas. Randy Linn pleaded guilty to hate crime charges, saying he’d become enraged after seeing images of wounded soldiers in the news.

Surveillance photo of Linn

Surveillance photo of Randy Linn

Linn said he went room by room to make sure no one was in the building. “I was drinking a beer while I was doing that,” he said. A sprinkler system extinguished the blaze, leaving smoke and water damage in the prayer room of the facility, whose golden dome is a landmark along Interstate 75. No one was hurt.

A woman who knows Linn had identified him in publicized surveillance images and contacted authorities, according to a court affidavit. The woman told law enforcement officers that Linn had made comments complaining about the deaths of U.S. military members in the Middle East, recent attacks on U.S. embassies and Muslims’ angry reactions to an anti-Islam video posted online.


52-year-old Randolph Linn of St. Joe, Indiana agreed to a 20 year sentence in federal prison yesterday for torching the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo on September 30.  When Judge Jack Zouhary asked him, ‘Do you know any Muslims or do you know what Islam is?’ he said, ‘No, I only know what I hear on Fox News and what I hear on radio.”

“Every day you turn on the TV, you see Muslims trying to kill Americans,” said Linn, a truck driver from St. Joe. When asked by a federal judge whether he thought all Muslims are terrorists, he answered: “I’d say most of them are.”


A deal between prosecutors and Linn, 52, calls for him to be sentenced to 20 years next April. He pleaded guilty to intentionally damaging and destroying religious property and two gun-related charges.

U.S. District Judge Jack Zouhary told Linn that his acts were an attack on all places of religion and that the mosque was a symbol of peace. (DING DING DING! Judge must be a Muslim) “You are no better than the terrorists or extremists you sought to punish,” Zouhary said.

christian-rock-bands-lawsuit-dismissed A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit against a suburban school district filed by a Christian rock band banned from playing at a school assembly. U.S. District Judge Jack Zouhary said on Aug. 1 that the school was within its rights to cancel the performance because the district could have been perceived as endorsing a particular religion.

Naturalization ceremonies in this judge’s district always seem to have a preponderance of people from Muslim countries.

Judge Jack Zouhary congratulates Mohamad Najib Mahmoud at the naturalization ceremony. Mr. Mahmoud is a native of Lebanon. At least 12 other new US citizens at this ceremony were Muslims.

Judge Jack Zouhary (Left) congratulates Mohamad Najib Mahmoud at a naturalization ceremony. Mr. Mahmoud is a native of Lebanon. At least 12 other new US citizens (out of 41) at this ceremony were from Muslim countries.


28 comments on “OHIO: Lebanese-American judge hands down harsh sentence for former Marine charged with mosque arson for setting fire to a prayer rug

  1. We are seeing the true face of Sharia law in this Ohio incident & sentencing. I pray that the sentence is somehow lessened and that Randy Linn gets a sympathetic pro bono lawyer to help sort out the miscarriage of justice by this vengeful musturd judge!

  2. Complete bullshit. But, why not disguise yourself a bit ? Then you could’ve burned the whole place down. A better plan should have been in place don’t ya think. They don’t give pedaphiles that rape, cut up and dispose of children 20 years. Sickening what’s being allowed here

  3. As Linda Rivera pointed out, Erdogan describes the mosques as “Our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers.”

    Burning down or blowing up a mosque is simply an act of self-defense against their war of Intifada. No more a hate crime than a soldier firing at an enemy on the other side. In court, Islam and the Koran itself should be put on trial since it calls for all sorts of action that is illegal in the free world

  4. Arson is one of the worst crimes there is; there is no excuse for it. The fact that no injuries resulted and the damage was limited subtracts nothing from the magnitude of the offense.

    Such acts hand Muslims an opportunity to play the victim card and chant their Islamophobia mantra. They are counterproductive because they add weight to demands for suppression of Islam’s intelligent and informed critics.

  5. but we let them burn our flags and embassies and cut off our soldiers heads and rape and drag our ambassador through the streets. we put up wit our churches being burned and christians being beheaded and killed. It is time to quit punishing our soldiers for doing what they are yaught to do and what they should do.

  6. The ex soldier needs a new lawyer and to be checked for post tramatic problems. The fact that he was drunk and yet he still ensured that nobody was in the mosque. Even 5 years would be too long for a man to be sentenced for burning a rug. Surely this can be turned around the man will be 72 after he serves 20 years for burning a rug. Shame on the ohio courts.

    • He should have been given 30 days community service and counseling for emotional distress.

      Why do we have an American court dispensing sharia law against hated infidels?

  7. Synagogues have been firebombed and attacked and the perpetrator never gets 20 years. There’s something wrong with the guy’s lawyer.

    • Both the lawyers AND this “judge” need to have their careers promptly terminated and they must be FORBIDDEN to practise law EVER AGAIN!!!!

      This ought to be declared a mistrial!!! The penalty absolutely does NOT fit the crime…

      • ADHD; If there is a hint that Sharia has been used to adjudicate this case then Subversion is also applicable and Sabotage if enough proof, Treason.
        Don’t limit the repercussions on just to a few minor law discrepancies go for the death penalty.

  8. Even rapists and some murderers sentences are lighter. He should have pled not guilty by reason of insanity. Watching bloodbaths committed by muslims is enough to make you go insane.

  9. Twenty years!!!!!!!!!!!!!! he made sure the place was empty, which is not something murdering mobs of muslims are famous for doing. In fact its the case that when muslims bomb or burn any church they like to make sure its full. Judge is Bias!!

  10. Judge, are you not ASHAMED to LIE and DECEIVE for Islam in court, calling mosques a symbol of peace?

    Turkish Prime Minister, Erdogan describing mosques. Erdogan: The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers…

  11. I don’t understand. The Judge called the mosque a symbol of peace?


    40,000 Iran agents in Western Hemisphere
    Now hidden in Latin America, awaiting ‘operations’ against U.S.
    “We must get ready for global operation. … Our fellow fighters are present in all five continents of the world. … An international jihad must be provoked; we must fear no one.”

    The Revolutionary Guards’ intelligence division runs operations out of mosques.

    Those operations include recruitment, reconnaissance and transfer of arms and cash.

    This source also verified then that all Imam Ali Mosques are controlled by regime intelligence operatives and that the cells are well placed in Europe and America for terrorist acts…

  12. 20 years in prison for burning a MUSLIM prayer rug? This is SHARIA LAW! This poor man is punished with 20 years because he is a despised infidel! We must have mass street protests!

    20 years in prison for a man emotionally distressed over Muslim violence? Whilst infidel-hater VIOLENT Muslims are ALLOWED to STONE our people-non-Muslims? And are NOT PROSECUTED! Justice and human rights for non-Muslims!
    God help America!

    American Muslims Stone Christians in Dearborn, MI (Original edit)

    NEVER FORGET! Muslims are ALLOWED to stone Americans!
    NEVER FORGET! Muslims danced on 9/11

  13. If this Judge is a muslim h needs to be removed from the bench. I agree that setting fire to the mosque was wrong but 20 years for no more damage than they cause themselves in order to gain sympathy is far too harsh a penalty. Lets get somone on that bench who is fair and doesn’t give the benefit of doubt to ragheads that preach death or enslavement to infidels. What with KKKairs constant lies about the peacefulness of this barbaric excuse for a religion, we dont need any muslims on the bench, on the police force, or in the armed services. Lets have people who give aIleigence only to the oaths they take and not to some demented, halucinitory baby raping ‘POPPET”.
    prejudicial ? Damn right I am. How many Lutherans do you know that honor kill their daughters ? How many Catholics sell their daughters to old men for a bunch of goats ? How many Baptists do you know that stone rape victims to death ? How many Presbiterians hang Homos from construction cranes ? How many Anglicans disfigure their wives with acid or mutilate the sexual organs of young
    women ?? Predjudicial ? Damn right — and proud of it !

  14. How can he agree to a 20-yr sentence for burning a rug ??? It’s makes no sense. He didn’t kill or try to kill anybody, just a damned rug.

    He needs to get another lawyer and see a psychologist for post-traumatic stress disorder. FAST.

    As to the judge, somebody should check his record. You have men walking the streets that rape kids, pyromaniacs, convicted gang members… the sentence makes non sense.

    • You are so right Susan, that the 20 year sentence for burning a damn rug makes “no sense’, but DON’T forget that the muslimes and dhimmi a–hole judges like the one in this case HAVE NO SENSE!!……And the dhimmis and libtards in the video in support of the judge and muslimes just —-ing make me want to puke!!

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