John Marzulli, New York Daily News, December 12, 2009
A federal judge took mercy on a Staten Island mother of eight and sentenced her Friday to probation for smuggling monkey meat into New York.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Green argued that Mamie Manneh was not entitled to leniency because she has 11 prior arrests–including one for running over her husband’s suspected mistress with an SUV–and cooked up a bogus defense that she had a constitutional right to eat bushmeat.
Manneh, 41, who has eight children and is raising three others, pleaded with the judge not to send her to jail.
“If you do it again, whether you have 11 children or 32, you will not be spared a federal prison sentence,” Dearie warned.