"Innocence of Muslim" filmmaker's probation case creeps on

Legal experts are looking into whether Nakoula Basseley Nakoula violated his probation by uploading the film

By Gillian Flaccus

Published September 26, 2012 8:45AM (EDT)

CERRITOS, Calif. (AP) — Legal experts say federal officials will likely take a long time before acting on the probation violation case of the man behind the anti-Muslim video that is inflaming the Middle East.

Investigators are trying to determine whether Nakoula Basseley Nakoula violated his probation for a 2010 check fraud conviction by uploading the film's trailer to YouTube. He is not allowed to use computers for five years.

Enraged Muslims have demanded punishment for the Egyptian-born American citizen. First Amendment advocates and President Barack Obama defend his right to free speech, though they condemn the film.

Law experts say normal cases can move quickly once a probation officer prepares a report.

They say owing to the political nature of this case, authorities are likely consulting with several federal agencies as they investigate.


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