"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

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.

By Gillian Flaccus

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