Muslim doctor, Ahmed Rashed, MD, who now practices medicine at Maimonides Medical Center in New York (Hello, Maimonides? Anyone home . . . ?), severed a hand from a cadaver in New Jersey and gave it to a stripper as a gift (how romantic). In response, you'd think he'd get some jail time and certainly lose his license to practice medicine.
BUT YOU WOULD BE WRONG. No, for stealing a dead person's hand, he got a slap on the wrist. Actually, not even that. The idiotic New Jersey judge (**** UPDATE: he's New Jersey Superior Court Judge Frederick DeVesa ****)--who AP unfortunately declined to name; why?!--set aside sentencing for 15 months, and told Rashed he will drop all charges if Rashed stays out of trouble. And he can still practice medicine. All he got was a $5,000 fine. It's absurd. Beyond absurd.
This isn't the only thing about this case that is disturbing to me.
Rashed gave the hand to exotic dancer Linda Kay, 31, during a visit to the club where she worked. He got to know her while he was a first-year medical student in 2002. She wanted a cadaver's hand, authorities said, and he complied.She WANTED it? What for? Why isn't she in trouble too? Did she know the deceased? Why did she ask for it? What did she want to do with it? Animate it like Thing on The Addams Family?